Paul Greengrass Directing MLK Film Titled MEMPHIS

Director Paul Greengrass is planning to direct a new film based around the events that lead up to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee.

 The film will be called Memphis, and here is the report from Vulture,

Insiders tell us that Greengrass wrote the movie — titled simply Memphis — based on his own original research, and that it looks at King’s life while trying to organize the city’s sanitation workers in the spring of 1968, just before his murder on April 4 of that year. If so, that’d make for a much more human portrayal of King than some might expect. By the spring of 1968, King’s personal and professional lives were in disarray: His marriage was faltering; he was chain-smoking, boozing, and packing on the pounds. King’s outspokenness on the Vietnam War cost him his relationship with President Johnson, and his newfound interest in labor organization and the urban poor put him on the fringes of the rising Black Power movement.

The film sounds like it could cause a lot of controversy, but that will get more attention and make more money. I am interested to see what happens if the movie gets a greenlight. It will be pretty cool if Greeengrass decides to delve into the conspiracy theories surrounding King’s murder in which James Earl Ray implicated everyone from the CIA, the FBI, the mafia, the Green Berets, LBJ, the Memphis Police and Fire Departments, and even the Boy Scouts of America.
I am a huge fan of Greengrass and his films. I love The Bourne Supremacy, United 93 and The Bourne Ultimatum, I did not care for Green Zone, but not every movie has to be great.
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