At this moment, when our politics appear so sharply polarized, faith in our institutions so greatly diminished, we need more than ever to take heed to Dr. King’s teachings. If he were alive today, I believe that he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there. That the businessman can enter tough negotiations with his company’s unions without vilifying the right to collectively bargain…He would want us to know that we can argue fiercely about the proper size and role of government without questioning each others love for this country,
While other Martin Luther King projects seem to be on the ropes, DreamWorks’ untitled MLK biopic is starting to come together…Kario Salem, best known for writing the 2001 Robert De Niro-Edward Norton drama T”he Score,” is in negotiations to pen the project, which also sees Warner Bros. coming on board to co-finance and to distribute with Disney’s Touchstone label. (Disney is where DreamWorks is housed.) DreamWorks acquired the life rights of the civil rights leader in May 2009, with Sam Nappi, Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones on board as producers. Not only did it secure the cooperation of the King estate, the studio also has access to King’s intellectual property, including his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
art: photo of MLKJR from 1958; by Charles Moore