Greengrass Making Film on Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr
We already know director Lee Daniels has been developing Selma, a period drama focusing on the five-day, four-night protest march against those who were not in support of passing the National Voting Rights Act of 1965 that started in Selma, Alabama as well as the events leading up to it. Now another director is preparing his own location-specific Civil Rights related drama. Vulture reports that Paul Greengrass (United 93) has been planning to make Memphis, a film chronicling the events leading up to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. Greengrass even wrote it himself after doing his own research.
Unless I'm mistaken this would be the first film to focus specifically on King's activities to organize the city's sanitation workers in the spring of 1968 before his assassination on April 4th of the same year. Vulture notes that this would be less of a biopic and more of a portrayal of the chaos and turmoil King's personal and professional life was enduring at the time. Not only was his marriage falling apart, but he was gaining weight, smoking and drinking heavily and losing some of his most important allies. Sounds like a hell of a movie to me. Nothing is official yet, but producer Scott Rudin might get involved and the picture could land at Focus Features. Interested?