By Dave Campbell | May 22, 2009
DreamWorks has purchased the rights to develop a film on the life story of Martin Luther King Jr. Steven Spielberg along with Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones are set to produce a biopic of the Civil Rights leader. The project has been in the works for some time now by Spielberg and DreamWorks CEO and co-chairman Stacy Snider.
This is a first for Dr King’s estate, whom have never allowed authorization of a film before. King’s estate currently holds the copyrights on all MLK speeches and books, including his most famous “I have a dream” speech.
Steven Spielberg had this to say, “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.”
No screenwriters or casting as of yet, but given the passion behind the Martin Luther King legacy I bet we see this project progress rather quickly.
- “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.