Oliver Stone just can’t help himself. The Martin Luther King estate should probably be grateful that he didn’t depict MLK killing JFK.
Stone took to his Twitter account today to say that DreamWorks and Warner Bros rejected his script rewrite and that he was done with the movie that also had Jamie Foxx attached. It came down to the studios — which are in lockstep with the MLK estate that brought them the right to use his famous copyrighted speeches — rejecting Stone’s characterization of long-running rumors that King Jr. engaged in extramarital affairs.
“The script dealt w/ issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being,” Stone tweeted.
“I’m told the estate & the ‘respectable’ black community that guard King’s reputation won’t approve it. They suffocate the man & the truth,” Stone tweeted. He also added a message directly to MLK: ‘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.”
I’m sure Martin Luther King wanted to be depicted with another woman in a movie and to be played by the guy from In Living Color who is now the default for any black biopic.
And he would no doubt want the movie to be directed by a guy who keeps paying tribute to leftist Latin American dictators while trading in bouts of anti-semitism.
The MLK estate is protecting their “brand” which they have a right to do. They also want King as a role model. Again, not a bad thing.
It’s doubtful that Oliver Stone really respects King. The radical left generally did not. It would not surprise me too much, if Stone had wanted to hint that the FBI was blackmailing King over adultery or something of that nature to explain why he wasn’t radical enough.
The “higher being” quote suggests that Stone is really trying to discard much of King’s civil rights work and to envision him becoming a proper far left figure as an explanation for his assassination.