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In a rare and mostly unheard-of move, two studios have decided to forgo their separate Martin Luther King, Jr. projects in favor of joining forces to create what we will now affectionately dub a "superproject". DreamWorks and Warner Bros. Pictures have each had their own MLK biopics in development for years, but recently the two major studios - rather than try to compete - have decided to share resources and come together to create a much stronger film that honors the truly great man.
DreamWorks has held the rights to King's life story since 2009, when they purchased the film rights as well as King's intellectual property (i.e. his inspirational "I Have a Dream..." speech), and ensured the cooperation and endorsement of King's estate. On the other side, Warner Bros. has put nearly three-and-a-half years of in-depth research and hard work into their planned biopic, penned by 'The Score' writer Kario Salem and pulled from a variety of interviews and articles. While they've both been quietly working on their own films, other companies have been much more vocal about their attempts, including the Paul Greengrass film 'Memphis' which Universal recently backed out of, putting the film on hold indefinitely. So, in a "you got your peanut butter in my chocolate" scenario, both Warner Bros. and DreamWorks made the decision to pool their resources and draft a new film that combines Salem's heavy research with the backing of the King estate.
Dexter King, Bernice King and Martin Luther King II will be exec producing the film, which will be co-financed and distributed jointly by the two companies.