Martin Luther King on the big screen

The renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to fulfill his longtime dream of bringing the life of legendary civil rights activist Martin Luther King to the big screen as he has been granted permission to make a biopic on him.
Steven Spielberg, Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones are going to produce the film for DreamWorks. After a long running battle, Spielberg’s production company finally got the rights of King’s son Dexter, to use his intellectual property. The director will now be able to use King’s speeches, books and famous works that were copyrighted during his life.
King, who was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 39, was a leading campaigner for equality for African-American citizens.
“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,” said Spielberg, according to Variety.

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