In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr gave what is probably the most famous speech in American History. It is a speech that rallied a nation together for a cause that saw reason and compassion triumph over ignorance and hate. It is one of the defining moments in our cultural past – a remember-where-you-were moment that I wish I could have even been within earshot of let alone seeing it unfold right before my eyes.
I realize it’s not the same thing, but I may get a chance to see that speech delivered because Steven Spielberg has finalized his deal with the King estate to produce a biopic about one of the most towering figures of social change in this or any country.
According to Variety, Spielberg and Dreamworks CEO Stacey Snider have wanted to do a project like this for some time.
Of course, the obvious difficulty in bringing a story like this to the big screen is giving it the weight and depth it deserves – not exactly the easiest task considering the subject matter and the intensity of doing justice to a man who changed the world in such dramatic fashion. But if there’s anyone who could do it, I imagine it would be Spielberg.
No word yet on who will direct, but we’ll keep an eye on it while not-so-secretly hoping that Spielberg takes the director’s chair himself.
Now, who in the world do you cast as Martin Luther King, Jr?
What do you think?