Back in 2009, the studio acquired the Civil Rights leader's life rights and access to all of his copyrighted speeches, including his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, books and other works. It is the first film to be granted permission by Martin Luther King's family to use his intellectual property for a feature.
Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) wrote the screenplay, after spending three years doing research and interviews. Ronald Harwood (Quartet) wrote an earlier draft. It isn't known what aspects of Martin Luther King's life will be put on display in this feature.
Steven Spielberg is producing for DreamWorks, alongside Suzanne De Passe, Madison Jones and Sam Nappi. Several members of Martin Luther King's family are expected to be executive producers. No production schedule was given.