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Oliver Stone Bows Out of Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic

January 18, 2014 (2:21 am) GMT
The 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleep' director leaves the project due to creative differences as the King estate disapproves of his script.

Martin Luther King Jr. biopic has lost its director. "" director Oliver Stone left the project due to creative differences. "Sad news. My MLK project involvement has ended. I did an extensive rewrite of the script, but the producers won't go with it," he wrote on Twitter.

"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."

The director went on, "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."

Stone is not the only one facing roadblock in his effort to bring the historic story of Martin Luther King Jr. to the big screen. Rival projects called "" by director Paul Greengrass and "" originally set as a directing vehicle for Lee Daniels are having their own issues as well.

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