Oliver Stone: MLK Biopic Hits Snag

The Hollywood director is at odds with DreamWorks and Warner Bros. over the intimate side of the iconic civil rights leader.

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Oliver Stone

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Hollywood director Oliver Stone’s much anticipated biopic about Martin Luther King Jr. is probably not coming to a theater near you anytime soon. A rewrite of the script for the film, which was to feature Jamie Foxx, was rejected by DreamWorks and Warner Bros., he announced Friday on Twitter.

Problems occurred when the studios, said to be in lockstep with the MLK estate, which gave them the right to use his famous copyrighted speeches, rejected a depiction showing that the slain civil rights icon engaged in extramarital affairs, he wrote.

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