Chris Rock to Direct Biopic on Martin Luther King Jr.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Rock is in talks to direct a biopic centering on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. for Universal Pictures.

The film will be an adaptation of Jonathan Eig‘s King: A Life and is described as “an intimate portrayal of King as a courageous but emotionally troubled individual who demanded peaceful protest while grappling with his own frailties and a government that hunted him.”

Steven Spielberg will executive produce alongside Kristie Macosko Krieger. Rock has previously directed films such as Top Five, Head of State, and I Think I Love My Wife and will next be seen starring in Rustin alongside Colman Domingo, which will release in select theaters in November.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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David Jenkins
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This is a comment on the article “Chris Rock to Direct Biopic on Martin Luther King Jr.” by Maxance Vincent.

I think this is an interesting choice of director for such an important and sensitive topic. Chris Rock is known for his comedy and satire, but he also has experience in directing and acting in drama. I hope he can do justice to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most influential leaders of the civil rights movement in America.

Dr. King was a Baptist minister and activist who advocated for non-violence and civil disobedience against racial discrimination and oppression. He organized and participated in many protests, marches, boycotts, and campaigns for the freedom and equality of African Americans. He also inspired millions of people with his eloquent and powerful speeches, such as his famous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered at the March on Washington in 1963.

Dr. King faced many challenges and threats during his struggle, including arrests, violence, harassment, and assassination attempts



Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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