Oliver Stone Leaves Martin Luther King Jr. Film, Complains on Twitter

January 19, 2014
Source: Twitter

Oliver Stone

After learning last fall that director Oliver Stone was slated to take on a biopic about famed civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., with Jamie Foxx taking the lead, the Wall Street and JFK director has fallen away from the project due to creative difference. Stone announced his falling out with the project on Twitter, and proceeded to explain why producers didn't want to go with his extensive rewrite of the script. And it turns out the reasoning seems to be that with the involvement of King's family on the film, they're trying to go with a more glossy version of the icon's life, which is why they didn't go with Paul Greengrass' plan for a "warts and all" portrayal in his stalled project Memphis. Now Stone is in the same boat. Read on!

Here's the full collection of tweets that Stone posted on Twitter yesterday ranting about the MLK project:

While Stone's version of the truth can be a little whacked out when it comes to certain historical events, it's widely known that Martin Luther King Jr. had flaws of his own, and as Stone indicates in his tweets, was not a saint. Obviously, King's family wants to keep the man's reputation as an iconic leader and influential figure, but an honest portrayal of the man would only strengthen that, rather than trying to make him out to be some sort of perfect hero. Anyway, we're a little bummed that Stone won't get to tackle the project, but we're moreso concerned with how this project will play out when another director is found. Thoughts?

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Well that didn't come off as pretentious at all... Oh well it's not like he even makes good movies anymore

Jon Odishaw on Jan 19, 2014


It does come off a bit pretentious, but that's nothing new from Stone at this point, and he does raise a valid argument. We just heard a couple months ago about Sasha Baron Cohen leaving that Freddie Mercury biopic because of the same reasons.

the_situasian on Jan 19, 2014


but that doesn't make him wrong

Internet Reality on Jan 19, 2014


Is it pretentious to tell the truth?

Reznik on Jan 19, 2014


Based on his more recent output, Stone is way overrated. His Alexander the Great film was a complete disaster. Having been around the movie business for so long, and knowing you're only as good as your last screw-up, I'm surprised that Stone is so shocked by this development.

DaveLister_JMC on Jan 19, 2014


I want Jack NIcholsonI want Jack NIcholson playing MLK playing MLK

X-MAN on Jan 19, 2014


that would be interesting...

iamNotLegend on Jan 19, 2014


This guy is not right guy. He ruin Great Alexander. Spike Lee did outstanding job with Malkom X. Denzel Washingon as Luther.

Ehsan Davodi on Jan 19, 2014


hope he releases his script

iamNotLegend on Jan 19, 2014


Don't see how some of the relatively bad things that MLK did tarnish his legacy. Does the fact that he cheated on his wife change what he did for civil rights in any way? No, it doesn't. He was a great man who had some dark secrets and did some shady things. Who doesn't? Gandhi was a racist, pedophile, and was a huge supporter of the oppressive caste system. That's a whole lot worse than what MLK did, but that doesn't change the fact that Gandhi did some great things. Aristotle was misogynistic and supported slavery. MLK looks tame compared to those two.

Rick on Jan 20, 2014


STONE might better spend his time coming clean on the matter of the Globalist USURY---and EUGENICS link. He might even take up the cause of calling out Hollywood's sellout to RED China and theri decades of delivering predictive programming for the CAP-stone EUGENICS agenda. He might even consider directing the --complete-- picture, epic treatment of the now awesomely relevant ------------------------KOREAN WAR------------------------. Otherwise, STONE remains a '70's show' ideological hack. --------Sort of a SON of WALL STREET.

IT OUT IT 22 on Jan 22, 2014


The people that manage the Martin Luther King estate have read other versions of the script for the movie. If its going to be done big, then it will be better done tastefully. Warner Brothers and Steven Spielberg should do the right thing and go with the script by Patrix Theatrix of Atlanta, Georgia and choose another talented director

movie buff on Apr 27, 2014


would love to read you know were i can find it?(pdf form)

LORD OF GANGSTAS on Oct 22, 2015


Paul Greengrass wrote a script that was utter TRASH; did STONE think for one minute he could write a TRASH script too? Dr. King's legacy should not be something White Movie directors should play with. The WRATH they will feel from the nation will be eternal. As rain falls from the sky the MLK legacy will be protected; stone & greengrass can smoke all the weed they want, the reality is nobody's interested in their TRASH.

Charles Micheaux on Jun 12, 2014


would love to read "Memphis"..ive been looking for that it for years, would you be willing to send it to me?..i have plenty to barter with(mostly rare/unproduced/in development scripts)

LORD OF GANGSTAS on Oct 22, 2015

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