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Warner Bros. and DreamWorks teaming up for Martin Luther King biopic
A lot of people in Hollywood want to make a biopic about Martin Luther King, but making it happen isn't as easy as you'd think. The King Family Estate has been vocal in coming out against projects it feels are unkind to the iconic civil rights leader and that has made many studios wary about putting money against a risky drama that could hit screens without their support. "Precious" director Lee Daniels is still trying to secure financing for an indie about the 1960 marches in Selma, Alabama and Paul Greengrass' "Memphis" project was dropped by Universal once it became clear the King Estate would not approve. Now, two rival projects are teaming up in hopes of overcoming such hurdles.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, DreamWorks and Warner Bros's new film will combine the years of research from one screenplay (WB) with the estate's blessing and rights to King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech (DreamWorks and thank you Steven Spielberg). Kario Salem ("The Score") is working on a new screenplay combining aspects of both projects. No director is attached as of yet, but the new film is believed to be a priority for both studios.