Posted: 4:46 pm Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

HBO, David Simon and Oprah working on Martin Luther King Jr. miniseries 

By Rodney Ho

American Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) speaks at a press conference for Clergy & Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, held at the Belmont Plaza Hotel, New York City, January 12, 1968. He announced the Poor People's March On Washington at this event. (Photo by John Goodwin/Getty Images)

American Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) speaks at a press conference for Clergy & Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, held at the Belmont Plaza Hotel, New York City, January 12, 1968. He announced the Poor People’s March On Washington at this event. (Photo by John Goodwin/Getty Images)

In recent years, different players have tried to create a big film or miniseries connected to Martin Luther King Jr. For all sorts of complicated reasons, it has not happened.

The latest effort, as reported by Deadline.com, includes some heavy hitters. “The Wire” creator David Simon is working with HBO to develop a six-hour miniseries adaptation of “America: In the King Years,” based on Taylor Branch’s heralded book trilogy. And Oprah Winfrey will be involved as a producer.

Winfrey is also developing a film called “Selma” focused on King’s pivotal voting rights campaign in 1965.

Simon confirmed the news to the Baltimore Sun but said another project is ahead of it in the pipeline.

Another King-related movie has been in the works with Jamie Foxx as King. Oliver Stone was to direct but he dropped out in January, saying in Tweets he wanted to portray King as a fully former human being with flaws but the film studios would rather canonize him.

Stone, in a Tweet, wrote he wanted to include issues of King’s infidelity, his conflicts with the non-violent movement and “King’s spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being.” The studios objected, he wrote.

Paul Greengrass faced similar pressures in 2011 with Universal Pictures for his film “Memphis,” focused on the final days of King’s life. There were rumors at the time the King family was not pleased with the script.

In 1978, NBC aired a three-night miniseries about King starring Paul Winfield as King.

7 comments
EdUktr
EdUktr

In his day, he was a talented man fighting for a just cause.

Too bad the politically correct nowadays use his name to effectively squelch critical examination of the black community's ongoing self-destruction.

Ulver
Ulver

Thank you Marty for your legacy:

drug dealing

crips & bloods

drive-by shootings

home invasions

smash & grabs

75% babies born out of wedlock

blah, blah, blah...

Westside1
Westside1

Another day, another story about MLK or his family.  Yawn.

casper09
casper09

you folks are terrible nothing good to say about anybody you must live some miserable lives

SaveAmericaFromItself
SaveAmericaFromItself

What percentage of the profits will Marty & Dexter get off this production? 

Obama-is-The-Anti-Christ
Obama-is-The-Anti-Christ

Will the mini series be historically accurate?

Or will Oprah make up stuff like she did in "The Butler" ?

Will MLK's white girlfriend from college be portrayed? Or his other women, not named Coretta ?