The Dr. MArtin Luther king Jr. biopic will be getting a new director since Oliver Stone quit. The man behind films like “JFK” and “Wallstreet” backed out of the film after what he said were “creative differences” between him and the King family.
Stone, who was set to write and direct the project, revealed on Twitter that 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’.
He added 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.
The Savages director tweeted: ‘Sad news. My MLK project involvement has ended. I did an extensive rewrite of the script, but the producers won’t go with it.
‘The script dealt w/ issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being’
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
‘Martin, I grieve for you. You are still a great inspiration for your fellow Americans—but, thank God, not a saint.’