Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Biopic

Stephen Spielberg and Dreamworks have obtained the rights from King's estate for a film on the civil rights icon. It will be the first King movie to be authorized by the family. Filmmakers will be able to examine all of his papers, speeches, video, and personal belongings as they construct the life and legacy of Dr. King.

So much to cover in his short 39 years.

This will be the first dramatization of King's life. He did appear in the documentary King: A Filmed Record ... Montgomery to Memphis in 1970.

There is no clear date for when the movie will begin shooting. Although Dr. King is associated with Atlanta, his birthplace, I think one of the advance screenings for the completed work should be in Memphis at the Orpheum, just a few blocks north of the Civil Rights Museum. It really would be great for the city.

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