Oliver Stone took to Twitter over the weekend to announce he will not be continuing with the planned Martin Luther King film. Producers would not go with his script, after a clash of ideas over the direction Stone wished to take. Stone tweeted, 'my MLK project involvement has ended. I did an extensive rewrite of the script, but the producers won't go with it.'
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) January 17, 2014
Stone followed with more Tweets that went into more detail about his departure for the film. 'The script dealt w/ issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King's spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being. 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.' he added.
We expect the film to still go ahead but it will be interesting to see who picks up from Stone. The biopic is a co production between Warner Bros and Dreamworks and Jamie Foxx has also been linked to the movie.