Looking to do for the Civil Rights movement what he did for World War II, archeology, and stranded aliens just looking for a friend Steven Spielberg has announced that he is going to do a bio-pic about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Steven Spielberg told Variety Magazine that he (and his production company DreamWorks) have secured the rights to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King from his estate, and that he finally has the chance to make one of his lifelong dreams come true as he will be able to bring the story of the Civil Rights leader to the silver screen.
This is the first film to ever receive permission by the King family to do a film about the slain civil right leader, who was assassinated in 1968.
The director also told Variety "We are all honored that the King Estate is giving us the opportunity to tell the story of these defining, historic events. It is our hope that the creative power of film and the impact of Dr. King's life can combine to present a story of undeniable power that we can all be proud of."
The granting of permission of the King family to make the film allows for Spielberg to have access to King' journals, notes, speeches, and videos to be used in the production.
How much does anyone want to bet me that Denzel is not already on board for this project????