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Oliver Stone Quits MLK Biopic After Conflict With King’s Estate Over Adultery

Oliver Stone has quit his role as a screenwriter and director for a new Martin Luther King Jr. biopic after King’s estate refused to allow Stone to include details about the civil rights leader’s alleged adultery and “conflicts within the movement.”

Stone is one of the most legendary movie makers with titles like “Scarface” and “Wall Street” under his belt; however, he has also become well known in Hollywood for his controversy as well.

Stone has created several controversial American political films like “JFK” and “Nixon,” as well as addressing cultural issues with films such as “Natural Born Killers.”

His involvement with the anticipated King biopic turned out to be no exception.

Stone took to his social media on Friday to announce he would no longer be involved with the MLK Jr. biopic because he refused to produce just “another commemoration of the March on Washington.”

“Sad news,” Stone tweeted. “My MLK project involvement has ended. I did an extensive rewrite of the script, but the producers won’t go with it.”

While Stone’s intentions were not to slander King’s name, the Estate and the film’s producers still felt as if certain details of King’s past should be left out of the spotlight.

According to Stone, however, it’s important for people to realize that King was still a “great inspiration,” but even he was not “a saint.”

“Martin, I grieve for you,” he tweeted. “You are still a great inspiration for your fellow Americans – but, thank God, not a saint.”

The rewrite included details of King’s alleged affairs and shed light on conflicts that existed within the civil rights movement.

“The script dealt w/ issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being,” Stone added along with a string of other tweets. “I’m told the estate & the ‘respectable’ black community that guard king’s reputation wont’ approve it. They suffocate the man & the truth.”

Stone hinted that production with the film may continue without him, but he isn’t hopeful about what the finished product would be.

“I wish you could’ve see the film I would’ve made,” Stone added.

The biopic will be a DreamWorks and Warner Bros. production, but Warner Bros. has yet to comment on Stone’s departure.

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5 thoughts on “Oliver Stone Quits MLK Biopic After Conflict With King’s Estate Over Adultery

  1. Shannon Paige Øverland says:

    Too bad…I like Stone's pictures..and JFK was wonderful…MLK wasn't a saint but he was very very influential…but he was still a man…and I think Stone would have captured all those sides elegantly.

  2. Farntella Graham says:

    his personal life has no place in the depiction of this great man and yes, I wish they would put more emphasis on the militant side of dr king who came to the conclusion that this is the only way to deal with racist america.

  3. Cherri Anne says:

    There is such a struggle to find balance in America in discussing black history. We go from just hearing a few lines of "I Have A Dream" speech and Dr. King in coloring books straight to biopics detailing his alleged affairs. It's like there is no middle ground in the telling of black history stories, it's either preschool beat-around-the bush stories or dramatic and often one-sided Hollywood dramas.

  4. Paul Bodnick says:

    He was a horny dude

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