The life of Martin Luther King Jr. will be the subject of a movie to be co-produced by director Steven Spielberg.Well perhaps one reason was money, but I really look forward to this treatment guaranteed!
DreamWorks has acquired the life rights of the civil rights leader from the King family estate. Spielberg, who directed “The Color Purple” and “E.T.” among others, will produce the film with Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones.
The DreamWorks project has been authorized by the King estate, which is granting the producers permission to use King’s copyrighted and closely guarded intellectual property.
This includes his “I Have A Dream” speech, delivered during the 1963 March on Washington.
“The King Estate is committed to working very closely with DreamWorks, Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones to create the first major motion picture on the life of my father,” said Dexter King, chairman and CEO of the King Estate, in a statement released by DreamWorks.
The value of the deal to the King estate and cost of the project to take it to the big screen was not disclosed.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Spielberg taking MLK’s life to big screen
Heh, I can't believe this won't be a Spike Lee Joint, but then it's really about time that we see a film treatment of Dr. King's life: