Paul Greengrass’ MLK Biopic “Memphis” Is Back On Track

Movies & TV

By: / November 19, 2012

Paul Greengrass’ much maligned film about the final days of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is getting its second wind. We got the details for you after the break.

“Memphis,” is reportedly going to be Greengrass’ next directorial project, according to Deadline. The Civil Rights biopic was shelved after Universal Pictures dropped out, and Greengrass and producer Scott Rudin shelved it once it became too difficult to set up new financing for the film. Equally, the King estate and the activist’s close confidante, Ambassador Andrew Young have had issues with the project and are continuing their efforts to stall its progress.

The script depicts Dr. King’s final days as he struggled to organize a protest march on behalf of striking Black municipal sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, the site where he was assassinated. Juxtaposed with such a serious storyline is the manhunt for King’s assassin, James Earl Ray, involving some of the federal authorities who, at FBI director J. Edgar Hoover’s command, had dogged King’s every step towards equality with wiretaps and whispering campaigns before the Civil Rights leader’s death.

The touchy subject will be how will audience react to Paul Greengrass inferring MLK’s infidelities on screen. True or not, this project will look to compete with some of the heavy hitters for an Oscar, no doubt.

We will keep you posted as more news develops with this film project. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Props: Deadline