Just days away from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and federal holiday, director Paul Greengrass has announced that his next film will be Memphis, about the events leading up to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, reports Vulture.
Paul Greengrass wrote Memphis based on his own original research. The film will look at Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life while trying to organize the city's sanitation workers in spring of 1968, just before his murder on April 4 of that year. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s personal and professional lives were in disarray: His marriage was faltering; he was chain-smoking, boozing, and packing on the pounds. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s outspokenness on the Vietnam War cost him his relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson, and his newfound interest in labor organization and the urban poor put him on the fringes of the rising Black Power movement.