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Lee Daniels and Hugh Jackman Team for MLK Film 'Orders to Kill'?

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July 31, 2012
Source: LA Times

Martin Luther King Jr.

Though director Lee Daniels and Hugh Jackman were looking to team for the civil rights film Selma, the project fell apart a couple years ago. However, the duo haven't given up on setting a movie in that time period as the LA Times has word that they two will team up for Orders to Kill, a very unique approach to chronicling the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. While everyone knows that James Earl Ray has been credited with the iconic civil rights leader's untimely death, attorney and activist William Pepper has said for decades that Ray recanted his confession and died arguing his innocence. More below!

Jackman would play Pepper in a film that shows his efforts as "a one-man campaign, interviewing witnesses and building support for his theory that other interests, including those from the U.S. government, were behind the 1968 Memphis killing." Essentially, it's a film that tells an alternate side of the assassination story, much in the same what that Oliver Stone's JFK painted a picture of conspiracy in the assassination of the young President of the United States of America. It's sure to inspire controversy, but Pepper's seemingly wild thoughts didn't go unnoticed as MLK's song Dexter King has become convinced by Pepper's crusade that the bullet that killed his father came from a Memphis police officer. Of course, Pepper has also been adamant about conspiracies behind 9/11 and more, so it's hard to take him too seriously.

However, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against a man and unknown co-conspirators, filed by the King family and argued by Pepper, and that trial will serve as a climactic point in the story on screen. The work of King and those surrounding him seems to be a passion for both Daniels and Jackman as the actor was going to star in the director's film, about the famous civil rights march in Alabama, as a racist sheriff who was leading the charge against MLK. It sounds like quite a powerful drama, and something very different from Daniels launch into filmmaking with Precious, so count me in and hoping this one gets off the ground.

UPDATE: We've received word that Lee Daniels apparently isn't involved in this project, so we're not sure where LA Times got their info, but apparently it's false. Whether or not Hugh Jackman is still involved in this project has not been clarified yet. We'll try to keep you updated with any further details.

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  • I'd be up for watching it. Martin Luther King had power, which often scares people. Everyone knows there's no profit in peace and that was kindo his angle.
  • Sir Salty McGinty III
    "Of course, Pepper has also been adamant about conspiracies behind 9/11 and more, so it's hard to take him too seriously." Really? There are a lot of people that question what we were told about 9/11.
    • But when you put your eggs in so many conspiracy baskets, it's hard to believe that the guy isn't just paranoid or crazy. That's my point.
      • Divinecomedia
        every single person who practices law, either as a defense attorney or as a prosecutor, deals with conspiracies every day. the fact that william pepper has proved in federal court before a jury, that MLK was killed in a conspiracy involving federal officials, should make him more credible, not less. as for 9/11, the evidence that the official story is complete bullshit is right before your eyes when you watch the towers fall down in perfect symmetry in less than ten seconds. such demolition, obviously, can only happen when explosives are detonated in a precise way. William Pepper is one of the few courageous men in the world with the brains, soul, and tenacity to help rescue our world from the many conspiracies that have splintered democracy and scattered it to the winds....
  • DAVIDPD
    Scintillating.

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