Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Oliver Stone are in talks to do a still-untitled biopic about Martin Luther King Jr., the civil-rights leader who was assassinated in 1968. According to a Hollywood Reporter article published on Oct. 13, 2013: "Neither Stone nor Foxx have offers at this stage, but meetings have taken place."
DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures have joined forces for the movie, whose producers are Steven Spielberg, Suzanne de Passe, Madison Jones and Sam Nappi. Members of King's family are executive producers. The movie's screenwriter is Kario Salem.
Stone is no stranger to movies about political figures or historical events, since he has directed and written films about the Vietnam War (1986's "Platoon"), John F. Kennedy Jr.'s assassination (1991's "JFK"), Richard Nixon's presidency (1995's "Nixon"), Alexander the Great (2005's "Alexander") and George W. Bush (2008's "W.").
Foxx won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 biopic "Ray." Foxx (who starred in the 2013 action movie "White House Down") has three movies scheduled for release in 2014: the animated fim "Rio 2," the superhero flick "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and the movie musical "Annie."
Stone has three Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay (for 1978's "Midnight Express"), Best Director (for 1986's "Platoon") and Best Director for 1989's "Born on the Fourth of July." His most recent projects are the TV series "The Untold History of the United States" and the 2012 feature-film drama "Savages."