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11 Oct. 2013

Jamie Foxx in talks for MLK JR biopic


Jamie Foxx costarred in the hit musical feature, "Dreamgirls"

Jamie Foxx costarred in the hit musical feature, “Dreamgirls”

It just may be that some dreams are really true.  Commenting recently that my favorite Jamie Foxx (“Ray”) film is “Any Given Sunday,” the 1999 football drama directed by Oliver Stone for Warner Bros, according to

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone

industry digest Variety, DreamWorks and Warner Bros. are in early talks with Oliver Stone to direct and Jamie Foxx to star as Martin Luther King Jr. in an untitled biopic.

The report goes on to indicate that both studios have been trying to get the picture up and running for some time, after putting the project into development in 2009 when it was supposed to team with Warner Bros. for a co-production.

The MLK drama is still far away from a greenlight but getting both Stone and Foxx to sign would speed up the process.

The story would follow the famous civil rights activist from his rise all the way to his assassination in 1968.

Kario Salem wrote the original script with Steven Spielberg, Suzanne De Passe, Madison Jones and Samuel

Suzanne De Passe

Suzanne De Passe

Nappi producing.

Both Foxx and Stone are no strangers to tackling projects dealing with historical events and iconic individuals — Stone with “JFK,” “World Trade Center” and “W” and Foxx with Ray Charles in “Ray,” for which he won an Oscar.

Jeffrey Wright

Jeffrey Wright

HBO presented the 2001 TV movie, “Boycott,” starring Jeffrey Wright in the lead role, another brilliant portrayal of the slain Civil Rights icon.

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