Chris Rock Set to Direct Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic With Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer

The last film the comedian/actor directed was 2014's 'Top Five.'


Chris Rock is returning to the director’s chair.

Variety reports that the comedian and actor will direct an upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, for which Steven Spielberg will serve as executive producer. 

Chris Rock to Direct Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic, Steven Spielberg to Executive Produce

— Variety (@Variety) October 5, 2023
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The film will be based on King: A Life, Jonathan Eig’s biography of the activist.

No further details have been made available just yet. This isn’t Rock’s first time as director. Back in 2003, he made his debut with the political satire Head of State, and later helmed the 2007 film I Think I Love My Wife and 2014’s Top Five.

As for acting gigs, the 58-year-old starred in the 2022 period mystery comedy thriller Amsterdam, and this year, voiced a role in PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie. He will appear in the biographical drama Rustin, which is slated for release in November.

Spielberg has also executive produced for numerous films, with the most recent being 2022’s Jurassic World: Dominion, 2023’s Transformers: Rise of the Beasts and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, and the impending 2024 film Transformer One.

The critically acclaimed, Oscar-winning director recently commented on which of his movies he thinks is “pretty perfect”: 1982’s E.T.

“Sometimes I see things that I had intended to do that I didn’t do, and sometimes I see things that would have been a better idea that I’m now seeing all these years later, but for the most part E.T. is a pretty perfect movie,” he told Stephen Colbert. “It’s one of the few movies I’ve made that I can look back at again and again. There’s about five or six films that I can watch again, but I usually don’t do that.”

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