Spielberg's MLK Biopic Has a Writer

Summary

Steven Spielberg's Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic is moving forward: Oscar-winning playwright and screenwriter Ronald Harwood ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly") has been hired to write a screenplay. Back to Article

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Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

@Pagliacci, honestly, I think they should get an unknown actor who at least resembles MLK slightly, but, most importantly, captures his essence.

In previous MLK movies/portrayals, I've mostly seen actors who may have resembled him, but didn't capture his essence.

I doubt Denzel Washington will be chosen for this role, especially since he played Malcolm X, in a highly underrated movie, btw.

I think it's going to be hard to choose the right actor among known names, for this role.

Jan 20 - 03:05 PM

Lundgren D.

Lundgren Dolph

Spike Lee is secretly Gordon in disguise.

Also,

"Stanley Kubrick directed high budget porn films."

I threw up.

Jan 20 - 04:55 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Good for you. That was my reaction upon seeing Kubrick's films also.

Jan 20 - 08:55 PM

twista763

Joshua Scott

NTrost you sound exactly like the Ku Klux Klan but claim to not be racist. I'm not going to take the time to show you why but you should reconsider your claim of not being racist. Good day folks.

Jan 20 - 05:53 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

@twista763

No dude, you are just looking into wrong. You are just one of the prime examples of what's wrong with this country. I didn't say anything discriminatory & nothing of any significants of any true racism. What I said, is what it is man. That's the problem with today's world is no one wants to say it like it is. If you can't take the time to explain your situation about me then you have no argument. I know I'm not a racist. I just say it like it is whether you like it or not. If you can't see any of this then you have pure blinded ignorance.

Jan 21 - 01:40 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

I don't know, twista. It's a tough call. But while he may not be a racist, he is clearly an idiot.

Jan 21 - 05:11 AM

NTROST

Anthony W.

@Matanuki

I'm an idiot? Yeah, okay (sarcasm). You don't provide anything to prove it. Why don't you provide some substance before just calling someone a out-and-out idiot. Jack***!

Jan 21 - 11:54 AM

Jon R.

Jon Rios

Jeffery wright Should play MLK! or Chiwetel Ejiofor. I love Spielberg, it seems his best films are his dramas. I'm really looking forward to this! I would also like to see Regina King in this film along with the many amazing black actors... also I in no way think Spielberg is racsist what so ever, he has just always casted the best actors for the best roles.

Jan 20 - 06:18 PM

mapleblues22

e smith

Scatman Crothers in The Shining.
BAM!

Jan 20 - 06:21 PM

WileyMan

Chad Wile

Spielberg has two adopted African-American children. Anyone who thinks he's a racist is an idiot. Enough said.

Now, back on topic, I think Spielberg could make a great MLK film; my only worry and it's a big worry, is that it'll be all sentimental and over the top like so many of his other movies. If he makes a subtle film that explores who MLK really was then it should be great. If he beats us over the head with obvious moral truths with John Williams music trying to get us to cry, then it will be a disaster.

Jan 20 - 07:35 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Good for you. That was my reaction upon seeing Kubrick's films also.

Jan 20 - 08:55 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

@twista763

No dude, you are just looking into wrong. You are just one of the prime examples of what's wrong with this country. I didn't say anything discriminatory & nothing of any significants of any true racism. What I said, is what it is man. That's the problem with today's world is no one wants to say it like it is. If you can't take the time to explain your situation about me then you have no argument. I know I'm not a racist. I just say it like it is whether you like it or not. If you can't see any of this then you have pure blinded ignorance.

Jan 21 - 01:40 AM

NTROST

Anthony W.

@WileyMan
"Spielberg has two adopted African-American children."

Wow! where did you get that information? Spielberg doesn't have any African-American children. I don't know where you got that information at but I do know George Lucas has an African-American daughter though.

Jan 21 - 01:44 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

I don't know, twista. It's a tough call. But while he may not be a racist, he is clearly an idiot.

Jan 21 - 05:11 AM

NTROST

Anthony W.

@Matanuki

I'm an idiot? Yeah, okay (sarcasm). You don't provide anything to prove it. Why don't you provide some substance before just calling someone a out-and-out idiot. Jack***!

Jan 21 - 11:54 AM

CFM

'schak Attack

Tmurph824 said:

"Gorden, frankly, you are retarded. I'm pretty sure stanley kubrick never had a black person in any of his films. I doubt he is intentionally and knowingly not casting black people you retard."

Tmurph824 accusations of retardation are ironic, since The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove, and Spartacus all have black people in significant roles.

Jan 21 - 06:11 AM

NTROST

Anthony W.

@Matanuki

I'm an idiot? Yeah, okay (sarcasm). You don't provide anything to prove it. Why don't you provide some substance before just calling someone a out-and-out idiot. Jack***!

Jan 21 - 11:54 AM

NTROST

Anthony W.

P.S. There are clearly some ignorant individuals here.

Jan 21 - 11:55 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Yes, clearly. So MLK wasn't a great man? All he ever did that was useful was a little innocuous speech? NTROST, one doesn't have to make any sort of argument to prove anything in your disfavor. You prove it yourself by your own asinine post, which, at best, is a gross and confounded misreading of history.

Suppose someone comes on here and says, hey, I'm sick of all the talk about the sun being yellow and hot. It's not hot and yellow, you fools! It's green, purple, and ticklish. Nothing special, and irrelevant to our survival...

Does anyone really have to argue this guy's folly? Of course not. In the same way, your churlish ignorance is painfully self-evident.

Jan 21 - 12:49 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

You still didn't provide anything on your justification of calling me an "idiot". A gross & confounded misreading of history? What history? I didn't even mention anything about the history of MLK other then the fact that he wasn't a great man & he did read a speech. Go read his Bio. The guy isn't a saint like people make him out to be. How is that a misreading of history? Come on, cut the bull**** out & stop ***** footing around. You didn't back up your reasoning on calling me an "idiot" but I'm the ignorant one here?

P.S. I forgot to put the reply on my post.

Jan 21 - 01:46 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

You're a horrible spokesperson for the so-called 'white community', NTROST. I do hope you realize that.

You can pontificate all you want, but I'm afraid the bad news for you is that the burden of proof lies in your lap since it is you who made the outrageous claims. MLK was a racist himself? Beg pardon, but that's probably the stupidest thing I've ever heard. And I've heard some stupid sh.t in my day.

Again, the ignorance in your posts are self-evident to anyone with two bits of sense or intelligence. But how about you dig an even deeper hole of idiocy by explaining for us how Martin Luther King Jr. was a racist. Please. I'd love to know.

While you're at it, how about you describe for us what qualifies in your "mind" as a great man. And how, adding to that, can you conclude that decrying the value of a historical figure is somehow not reflective of a subjective reading of history.

Jan 21 - 01:57 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

I do hope you realize your just an a**hole. God are you ignorant beyond belief. Do the damn research yourself moron. The dude was a racist in his own way. Your basically saying MLK can't be a racist because he's a historical figure?

Here are some facts: The man cheated to earn his PhD as he plagiarized from numerous sources, all unattributed, the papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.- (an official publication of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., whose staff includes King's widow Coretta), stated of King's writings at both Boston University and Crozer Theological Seminary: "Judged retroactively by the standards of academic scholarship, [his writings] are tragically flawed by numerous instances of plagiarism.... Appropriated passages are particularly evident in his writings in his major field of graduate study, systematic theology." He was unwilful fraud as a student. The "reverend" and the "doctor" should be removed from King's name. So, you found out he is not a legitimate reverend, he is not a bona fide PhD, and Hell, his name isn't really "Martin Luther King, Jr." What's left? Just a sexual degenerate, an America-hating Communist, and a criminal betrayer of even the interests of his own people. Do the damn research. You will find all the evidence. What's worse is, every January, the media goes into a kind of almost spastic frenzy of adulation for the so-called "Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr." King has even had a national holiday declared in his honor, an honor accorded to no other American, not Washington, not Jefferson, not Lincoln. (Washington and Lincoln no longer have holidays -- they share the generic-sounding "President's Day.") A liberal judge has sealed the FBI files on King until the year 2027. What are they hiding? A sh** load that's for sure. He's a modern-day plastic god.

Yeah, calling MLK a "racist" is little to what he truly is. If what I said is the stupidest thing you've ever heard? Then you are one of the most doltish individuals on God's green earth. You must have not heard that much in your life if that's the most stupidest thing you've ever heard (pretty sad). Talk about small-minded. Why don't you describe what qualifies in your "mind" as a great man.

Jan 21 - 02:49 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

lol. What's scary is you're serious. Palahniuk was right, some people should be allowed into libraries by prescription only.

Jan 21 - 03:01 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

Yes, clearly. So MLK wasn't a great man? All he ever did that was useful was a little innocuous speech? NTROST, one doesn't have to make any sort of argument to prove anything in your disfavor. You prove it yourself by your own asinine post, which, at best, is a gross and confounded misreading of history.

Suppose someone comes on here and says, hey, I'm sick of all the talk about the sun being yellow and hot. It's not hot and yellow, you fools! It's green, purple, and ticklish. Nothing special, and irrelevant to our survival...

Does anyone really have to argue this guy's folly? Of course not. In the same way, your churlish ignorance is painfully self-evident.

Jan 21 - 12:49 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

You still didn't provide anything on your justification of calling me an "idiot". A gross & confounded misreading of history? What history? I didn't even mention anything about the history of MLK other then the fact that he wasn't a great man & he did read a speech. Go read his Bio. The guy isn't a saint like people make him out to be. How is that a misreading of history? Come on, cut the bull**** out & stop ***** footing around. You didn't back up your reasoning on calling me an "idiot" but I'm the ignorant one here?

P.S. I forgot to put the reply on my post.

Jan 21 - 01:46 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

You're a horrible spokesperson for the so-called 'white community', NTROST. I do hope you realize that.

You can pontificate all you want, but I'm afraid the bad news for you is that the burden of proof lies in your lap since it is you who made the outrageous claims. MLK was a racist himself? Beg pardon, but that's probably the stupidest thing I've ever heard. And I've heard some stupid sh.t in my day.

Again, the ignorance in your posts are self-evident to anyone with two bits of sense or intelligence. But how about you dig an even deeper hole of idiocy by explaining for us how Martin Luther King Jr. was a racist. Please. I'd love to know.

While you're at it, how about you describe for us what qualifies in your "mind" as a great man. And how, adding to that, can you conclude that decrying the value of a historical figure is somehow not reflective of a subjective reading of history.

Jan 21 - 01:57 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

I do hope you realize your just an a**hole. God are you ignorant beyond belief. Do the damn research yourself moron. The dude was a racist in his own way. Your basically saying MLK can't be a racist because he's a historical figure?

Here are some facts: The man cheated to earn his PhD as he plagiarized from numerous sources, all unattributed, the papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.- (an official publication of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., whose staff includes King's widow Coretta), stated of King's writings at both Boston University and Crozer Theological Seminary: "Judged retroactively by the standards of academic scholarship, [his writings] are tragically flawed by numerous instances of plagiarism.... Appropriated passages are particularly evident in his writings in his major field of graduate study, systematic theology." He was unwilful fraud as a student. The "reverend" and the "doctor" should be removed from King's name. So, you found out he is not a legitimate reverend, he is not a bona fide PhD, and Hell, his name isn't really "Martin Luther King, Jr." What's left? Just a sexual degenerate, an America-hating Communist, and a criminal betrayer of even the interests of his own people. Do the damn research. You will find all the evidence. What's worse is, every January, the media goes into a kind of almost spastic frenzy of adulation for the so-called "Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr." King has even had a national holiday declared in his honor, an honor accorded to no other American, not Washington, not Jefferson, not Lincoln. (Washington and Lincoln no longer have holidays -- they share the generic-sounding "President's Day.") A liberal judge has sealed the FBI files on King until the year 2027. What are they hiding? A sh** load that's for sure. He's a modern-day plastic god.

Yeah, calling MLK a "racist" is little to what he truly is. If what I said is the stupidest thing you've ever heard? Then you are one of the most doltish individuals on God's green earth. You must have not heard that much in your life if that's the most stupidest thing you've ever heard (pretty sad). Talk about small-minded. Why don't you describe what qualifies in your "mind" as a great man.

Jan 21 - 02:49 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

lol. What's scary is you're serious. Palahniuk was right, some people should be allowed into libraries by prescription only.

Jan 21 - 03:01 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

You still didn't provide anything on your justification of calling me an "idiot". A gross & confounded misreading of history? What history? I didn't even mention anything about the history of MLK other then the fact that he wasn't a great man & he did read a speech. Go read his Bio. The guy isn't a saint like people make him out to be. How is that a misreading of history? Come on, cut the bull**** out & stop ***** footing around. You didn't back up your reasoning on calling me an "idiot" but I'm the ignorant one here?

Jan 21 - 01:17 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

You still didn't provide anything on your justification of calling me an "idiot". A gross & confounded misreading of history? What history? I didn't even mention anything about the history of MLK other then the fact that he wasn't a great man & he did read a speech. Go read his Bio. The guy isn't a saint like people make him out to be. How is that a misreading of history? Come on, cut the bull**** out & stop ***** footing around. You didn't back up your reasoning on calling me an "idiot" but I'm the ignorant one here?

P.S. I forgot to put the reply on my post.

Jan 21 - 01:46 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

You're a horrible spokesperson for the so-called 'white community', NTROST. I do hope you realize that.

You can pontificate all you want, but I'm afraid the bad news for you is that the burden of proof lies in your lap since it is you who made the outrageous claims. MLK was a racist himself? Beg pardon, but that's probably the stupidest thing I've ever heard. And I've heard some stupid sh.t in my day.

Again, the ignorance in your posts are self-evident to anyone with two bits of sense or intelligence. But how about you dig an even deeper hole of idiocy by explaining for us how Martin Luther King Jr. was a racist. Please. I'd love to know.

While you're at it, how about you describe for us what qualifies in your "mind" as a great man. And how, adding to that, can you conclude that decrying the value of a historical figure is somehow not reflective of a subjective reading of history.

Jan 21 - 01:57 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

I do hope you realize your just an a**hole. God are you ignorant beyond belief. Do the damn research yourself moron. The dude was a racist in his own way. Your basically saying MLK can't be a racist because he's a historical figure?

Here are some facts: The man cheated to earn his PhD as he plagiarized from numerous sources, all unattributed, the papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.- (an official publication of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., whose staff includes King's widow Coretta), stated of King's writings at both Boston University and Crozer Theological Seminary: "Judged retroactively by the standards of academic scholarship, [his writings] are tragically flawed by numerous instances of plagiarism.... Appropriated passages are particularly evident in his writings in his major field of graduate study, systematic theology." He was unwilful fraud as a student. The "reverend" and the "doctor" should be removed from King's name. So, you found out he is not a legitimate reverend, he is not a bona fide PhD, and Hell, his name isn't really "Martin Luther King, Jr." What's left? Just a sexual degenerate, an America-hating Communist, and a criminal betrayer of even the interests of his own people. Do the damn research. You will find all the evidence. What's worse is, every January, the media goes into a kind of almost spastic frenzy of adulation for the so-called "Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr." King has even had a national holiday declared in his honor, an honor accorded to no other American, not Washington, not Jefferson, not Lincoln. (Washington and Lincoln no longer have holidays -- they share the generic-sounding "President's Day.") A liberal judge has sealed the FBI files on King until the year 2027. What are they hiding? A sh** load that's for sure. He's a modern-day plastic god.

Yeah, calling MLK a "racist" is little to what he truly is. If what I said is the stupidest thing you've ever heard? Then you are one of the most doltish individuals on God's green earth. You must have not heard that much in your life if that's the most stupidest thing you've ever heard (pretty sad). Talk about small-minded. Why don't you describe what qualifies in your "mind" as a great man.

Jan 21 - 02:49 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

lol. What's scary is you're serious. Palahniuk was right, some people should be allowed into libraries by prescription only.

Jan 21 - 03:01 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

You're a horrible spokesperson for the so-called 'white community', NTROST. I do hope you realize that.

You can pontificate all you want, but I'm afraid the bad news for you is that the burden of proof lies in your lap since it is you who made the outrageous claims. MLK was a racist himself? Beg pardon, but that's probably the stupidest thing I've ever heard. And I've heard some stupid sh.t in my day.

Again, the ignorance in your posts are self-evident to anyone with two bits of sense or intelligence. But how about you dig an even deeper hole of idiocy by explaining for us how Martin Luther King Jr. was a racist. Please. I'd love to know.

While you're at it, how about you describe for us what qualifies in your "mind" as a great man. And how, adding to that, can you conclude that decrying the value of a historical figure is somehow not reflective of a subjective reading of history.

Jan 21 - 01:57 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

I do hope you realize your just an a**hole. God are you ignorant beyond belief. Do the damn research yourself moron. The dude was a racist in his own way. Your basically saying MLK can't be a racist because he's a historical figure?

Here are some facts: The man cheated to earn his PhD as he plagiarized from numerous sources, all unattributed, the papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.- (an official publication of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., whose staff includes King's widow Coretta), stated of King's writings at both Boston University and Crozer Theological Seminary: "Judged retroactively by the standards of academic scholarship, [his writings] are tragically flawed by numerous instances of plagiarism.... Appropriated passages are particularly evident in his writings in his major field of graduate study, systematic theology." He was unwilful fraud as a student. The "reverend" and the "doctor" should be removed from King's name. So, you found out he is not a legitimate reverend, he is not a bona fide PhD, and Hell, his name isn't really "Martin Luther King, Jr." What's left? Just a sexual degenerate, an America-hating Communist, and a criminal betrayer of even the interests of his own people. Do the damn research. You will find all the evidence. What's worse is, every January, the media goes into a kind of almost spastic frenzy of adulation for the so-called "Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr." King has even had a national holiday declared in his honor, an honor accorded to no other American, not Washington, not Jefferson, not Lincoln. (Washington and Lincoln no longer have holidays -- they share the generic-sounding "President's Day.") A liberal judge has sealed the FBI files on King until the year 2027. What are they hiding? A sh** load that's for sure. He's a modern-day plastic god.

Yeah, calling MLK a "racist" is little to what he truly is. If what I said is the stupidest thing you've ever heard? Then you are one of the most doltish individuals on God's green earth. You must have not heard that much in your life if that's the most stupidest thing you've ever heard (pretty sad). Talk about small-minded. Why don't you describe what qualifies in your "mind" as a great man.

Jan 21 - 02:49 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

lol. What's scary is you're serious. Palahniuk was right, some people should be allowed into libraries by prescription only.

Jan 21 - 03:01 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Screw a biopic why doesn't the studio just put Matanuki and NTROST in a padded room together and film that?

Jan 21 - 02:17 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

LOL. Call it Spy vs Spy.

Jan 21 - 02:30 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

LOL. Call it Spy vs Spy.

Jan 21 - 02:30 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

I do hope you realize your just an a**hole. God are you ignorant beyond belief. Do the damn research yourself moron. The dude was a racist in his own way. Your basically saying MLK can't be a racist because he's a historical figure?

Here are some facts: The man cheated to earn his PhD as he plagiarized from numerous sources, all unattributed, the papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.- (an official publication of the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., whose staff includes King's widow Coretta), stated of King's writings at both Boston University and Crozer Theological Seminary: "Judged retroactively by the standards of academic scholarship, [his writings] are tragically flawed by numerous instances of plagiarism.... Appropriated passages are particularly evident in his writings in his major field of graduate study, systematic theology." He was unwilful fraud as a student. The "reverend" and the "doctor" should be removed from King's name. So, you found out he is not a legitimate reverend, he is not a bona fide PhD, and Hell, his name isn't really "Martin Luther King, Jr." What's left? Just a sexual degenerate, an America-hating Communist, and a criminal betrayer of even the interests of his own people. Do the damn research. You will find all the evidence. What's worse is, every January, the media goes into a kind of almost spastic frenzy of adulation for the so-called "Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr." King has even had a national holiday declared in his honor, an honor accorded to no other American, not Washington, not Jefferson, not Lincoln. (Washington and Lincoln no longer have holidays -- they share the generic-sounding "President's Day.") A liberal judge has sealed the FBI files on King until the year 2027. What are they hiding? A sh** load that's for sure. He's a modern-day plastic god.

Yeah, calling MLK a "racist" is little to what he truly is. If what I said is the stupidest thing you've ever heard? Then you are one of the most doltish individuals on God's green earth. You must have not heard that much in your life if that's the most stupidest thing you've ever heard (pretty sad). Talk about small-minded. Why don't you describe what qualifies in your "mind" as a great man.

Jan 21 - 02:49 PM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

lol. What's scary is you're serious. Palahniuk was right, some people should be allowed into libraries by prescription only.

Jan 21 - 03:01 PM

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