Via Twitter, Stone announced that he’s quitting a Martin Luther King biopic following a disagreement with King’s estate and producers over how the late civil rights leader would be portrayed.
Stone, who was going to write and direct the project, said the film’s producers weren’t happy with his script, which touched on “adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being.”
In his tweet, Stone wrote: “Sad news. My MLK project involvement has ended. I did an extensive rewrite of the script, but the producers won’t go with it.
He continued: “I’m told the estate & the ‘respectable’ black community that guard King’s reputation won’t approve it. They suffocate the man & the truth. I wish you could see the film I would’ve made. I fear if ‘they’ ever make it, it’ll be just another commemoration of the March on Washington.”
Stone also observed that he was worried that the film would be ‘suffocated’ as a result of his departure and the completed movie would gloss over King’s flaws.
Jamie Foxx was attached to the project to play Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oliver Stone project
Directors Paul Greengrass and Lee Daniels both tried unsuccessfully to bring their versions of King’s story to the screen, but were stopped because of objections from the King family. Interestingly, at one point Stone had the support of the family, but obviously something went down and the situation changed drastically.