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Oliver Stone drops out of Martin Luther King Jr. project

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Apparently, the approved narrative for a King biography does not include adultery on Dr. King's behalf:

    Stone's teweets:

    Oliver Stone ‏@TheOliverStone

    Sad news. My MLK project involvement has ended. I did an extensive rewrite of the script, but the producers won’t go with it.

    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.

  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I've always felt the less flattering stuff about historical figures, makes them more real and even more heroic. I didn't really get into studying history until I realized that the people like the founding fathers weren't born as statues-in-waiting, but had insecurities, jealousies and various uncomfortable relationships to deal with.
  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    It will probably come out and be worse than 42.
  5. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member


    I read this a couple of years ago, and it didn't seem to pull any punches with the adultery stuff. I didn't know that before I read this, so it was kind of surprising. By the way, I really enjoyed this book.
  6. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    What did the ‘respectable’ black community that guard King’s reputation think of it?
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Kirby Higbe didn't land in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh landed on Kirby Higbe.
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