Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929. He was an American pastor and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for the role he played in the advancement of the movement using non-violent civil disobedience based on his religious beliefs. He was also awarded with a Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39.
Lee Daniels was previously set to direct the project from a script by Paul Webb. The project also had an all-star lineup consisting of Hugh Jackman, David Oyelowo, Liam Neeson and Cedric the Entertainer, but it never received the green light.
Ava DuVernay wrote and will direct this project. Pathe UK and Plan B Productions will be producing with Christian Colson. Paul Greengrass has a separate biopic he is setting up entitled Memphis, which he plans to make with Scott Rudin.
No casting details are available for either project. Neither have production dates set.