Hampton Sides' unfinished novel I Am a Man, about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the search for his killer James Earl Ray, has been picked up for a big screen adaptation by Universal Pictures. According to Variety, Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden is currently working with Sides to adapt the book into a screenplay.
The film is being called a "a compressed historical thriller.'' It follows the time King came to Memphis in defense of the garbage workers, and turned their strike into a part of his Poor People's Campaign. After the first march was called off, he returned to his hotel room where he was shot down in cold blood. The narrative will also feature Ray's attempt to flee into Rhodesia after the killing.
The film does not have a set start date at this current time.