Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
Interstellar Review
The Making Of The West Wing
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
London Film Festival 2014
Our round-up of the galas, films and interviews
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Exclusive New Clip From What We Do In The Shadows
Time for some new fangled technology
Podcast #135: Daniel Radcliffe, Laura Dern
The Halloween / Marvel slate announcement special!
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
27 October 2014
Paul Greengrass Digs The Tunnels
A true-life Berlin Wall tale
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Captain Phillips (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Green Zone (2010)
Empire Star Rating
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Empire Star Rating
United 93
Empire Star Rating
The Bourne Supremacy
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Paul Greengrass Off To Memphis?
Planning a Martin Luther King film

13 January 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Vulture

submit to reddit

After taking on the Iraq War with Green Zone, Paul Greengrass might be headed back into the sort of story he tackled so well in Bloody Sunday. Vulture reports that he’s planning to make a film currently titled Memphis, about the events leading up to the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King in 1968.

Have some grains of salt handy, because none of this appears to be official yet, but the script that Greengrass has written, based on his own research, apparently follows King’s trip to the city to help organize a strike of the local sanitation workers. It was a turbulent time in both his personal and professional worlds as his marriage was falling apart, he was smoking more, drinking more, and putting on weight. Plus, his outspoken opinions had distanced him from some powerful supports, including President Johnson.

And then came April 4, and King is assassinated in the middle of a speech. The subject matter and circumstances around King’s death certainly sound like fertile ground for Greengrass to dig into, though the casting of King will of course be crucial. Vulture mentions that Scott Rudin is talking about producing the film at Focus Features, though no formal negotiations have kicked off just yet.

For now, then, we’ll consider this one a “possible,” but we’re always itching to see what Greengrass will do next.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Fincher Updates On The Goon
Gangster animation is a tough cell
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 48% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
'Today The Pond… Tomorrow The World!'... The 50 Silliest Horror Movie Taglines
Be afraid - or possibly not actually...

Marvel's Infinity War - What Does It All Mean?
Gods! Gems! Gauntlets! We explain it all...

Empire Meets Mike Leigh
On Mr. Turner, 007 and liver in lager

World War II Movies That Win At History
Seen Fury? Here’s what to watch next...

The 25 Shatneriest William Shatner Moments Of All Time
Prepare. For. Many. One. Word. Sentences.

Lists Of Our Lifetime: Empire's 25 Greatest Scares
Monsters, ghosts, horrible old ladies: the scenes that have kept us hiding behind the sofa for the last 25 years. Warning: contains spoilers.

Empire's Interstellar Review
Read our official verdict on Christopher Nolan's science-fiction epic

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)