Leaving the MLK Project, Oliver Stone says King’s Family is “Suffocating” the Truth
By Greg B.
Oliver Stone who has made several blockbuster films, including; JFK, Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, and Nixon is no stranger to controversial biopics.However it appears that Mr. Stone has had a change of heart when it comes to producing the film about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Stone took to Twitter to explain his side of the story and shed some light onto why he dropped the project. Per his Twitter account, Stone said;
Sad news. My MLK project involvement has ended. I did an extensive rewrite of the script, but the producers won’t go with it.— Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone)
The script dealt w/ issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being — Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone)
I’m told the estate & the ‘respectable’ black community that guard King’s reputation won’t approve it. They suffocate the man & the truth. — Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone)
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— Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone)
Martin, I grieve for you. You are still a great inspiration for your fellow Americans—but, thank God, not a saint.— Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone)
The tweets revealed a controversial direction that Stone was planning to take in the film, it also appears that King’s family rebuffed these ideas by Stone.
Chime in, do you feel as though a biopic done in this manner and showing King in this light is acceptable?
Greg B., is a financial professional and native Ohioan who is the writer here. I am an avid reader, coffee connoisseur and dog lover. Follow me on Twitter @love2edify.
Side Note from the editor: Dr. King’s life has been portrayed as a strong record on civil rights and a struggle to fight against racism and to promote equality. But there are other less-than-flattering portrayals of Dr. King. So, the question appears to be one of whether or not Dr. King’s legacy should be preserved to present him as a near-perfect human being, or should America be given the opportunity to see his imperfect side? Also, is Oliver Stone the right man to make this film. These are questions for readers as well.
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