Steven Spielberg Plans Martin Luther King Biopic

May 19, 2009 By:
Steven Spielberg Plans Martin Luther King Biopic

Steven Spielberg has a dream…to make a Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic. DreamWorks announced news of the film today, which will be the first theatrical motion picture authorized by The King Estate. They’ll be entitled to intellectual property and copyrighted speeches as the basis of the film.

Chairman of Martin Luther’s estate Dexter King said in a statement today, "We hope that this will be the definitive film on his life and legacy.”

Spielberg added, "We are all honored that the King Estate is giving us the opportunity to tell the story of these defining, historic events. It is our hope that the creative power of film and the impact of Dr. King's life can combine to present a story of undeniable power that we can all be proud of."

King, who was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and discrimination, was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

Now the question is…who will play Martin Luther King? We could see Cuba Gooding Jr. or Jamie Foxx. Or should it be more of an unknown actor?