Oliver Stone took to twitter today to announce his involvement in the new MLK biopic has ended. He has some rather choice words for those involved.
His tweets are as follows:
‘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.’
It’s easy to understand both sides of this creative argument. You want to present MLK in an honorable and truthful light. You want to emphasize the good the man did for the world. You don’t want to create a smear campaign.
But at the same time it’s the expression of those vulnerabilities and human weaknesses that allows the audience to fully connect and appreciate MLK. It’s important to be able to relate to the man so that he doesn’t become this unattainable saint or super hero.
The Martin Luther King Jr biopic will undoubtedly move forward, but without Oliver Stone’s involvement. This could be a good and a bad thing.