Paramount Acquires MLK Biopic ‘Selma’ With Rewrites From Ava DuVernay
Paramount Pictures is rounding the final bout of negotiations to acquire domestic distribution rights for Selma, a feature drama about Martin Luther King’s 1965 voting rights campaign.
Oprah Winfrey has boarded the project to produce the project, which formerly belonged to director Lee Daniels. Paramount is attempting to tie down U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to the film, but in July they already had made the move to bring Ava DuVernay aboard.
The first Black woman to win Best Director at Sundance was brought in to rewrite the script. She slipped her work to Winfrey, who instantly lit up to get behind the production. Winfrey’s Harpo company is also behind a seven-part HBO miniseries America: In the King Years. With Selma back on the fast track, the plan is to get cameras rolling as soon as possible. Brad Pitt’s Plan B, Pathe UK and Christian Colson are already aboard as producers.