Lee Daniels tackles Martin Luther KingThough their last attempt to collaborate on a civil rights tale, Selma, collapsed due to schedules and financing, director Lee Daniels and star High Jackman aren’t ready to give up on the subject just yet.
They’ve now turned their focus to Orders To Kill, which digs up a conspiracy theory about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Daniels has contracted Hanna Weg to adapt William Pepper’s eponymous book, and Jackman will play Pepper.
He’s a controversial lawyer and activist who has built a case for decades hinged around the idea that convicted killer James Earl Ray was not the person responsible for shooting the inspirational civil rights leader.
Instead, Pepper argues that a combination of government interests had him taken out because of his opposition to the Vietnam War.
Though he has yet to win much public support, he has a strong proponent in King’s son Dexter, who was brought around to the idea that the killing shot was fired by a police officer at the rally in Memphis.
Pepper argued a wrongful death lawsuit in 1999 for the family and won, with the legal drama making up the movie’s big finish, according to the LA Times’ sources.
But first, Daniels will work on The Butler, which boasts a massive cast and promoting divisive murder mystery The Paperboy, which will likely arrive over here next year.