A few years ago, it was reported that director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) would helm a film about the last days of Martin Luther King Jr., titled Memphis. Then Universal dropped out of the project and the film seemed to be dead. But now Deadline is reporting that there is still life in Memphis as two production companies, Wild Bunch and Veritas, are in talks to finance it.
Financing is usually the hardest part for a movie like this, so if that gets all settled, Memphis should be a sure-fire hit for any studio, especially with biopics becoming perpetual Oscar bait over the past few years.
The site is reporting that the movie will look at the days leading up to King’s assassination, as well as the federal manhunt to find his killer. It will also deal with the wiretapping and surveillance that J. Edgar Hoover ordered on the civil rights leader in his last months.