Paul Greengrass to helm MEMPHIS, Martin Luther King Jr. assassination film

Joshua Brunsting

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January 13th, 2011

Apparently no one wants to helm CLEOPATRA, because it appears as though the last filmmaker attached to the film’s director’s chair has found a brand new project.

Vulture is reporting that director Paul Greengrass is looking to helm a new film, entitled MEMPHIS. The film follows the final days of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life, in 1968.

The time was a hectic one for the icon, as he was fighting not only against marginalization, but also the Vietnam War, which drew him heat from not only the government as a whole, but the President himself. Scott Rudin and the team over at Focus Features may be interested in backing it, or may already be involved, although no negotiations have taken place. There is no mention of CLEOPATRA, so it seems as though that film may in fact be dead in the water.

Personally, while the idea of Greengrass doing a Cleopatra film is quite interesting, this is the one film that I’ve heard his name attached to that I would like to see him do. The film would be an interesting one to see taken over by such a singular filmmaker, and with the right cast (maybe Anthony Mackie, his lead for his now-dead take on Jimi Hendrix), this could be one hell of a film. His style may not make for the best transition into a film like this, but then again, that may be why the film is so intriguing.

More on this one as it comes.

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