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Oliver Stone drops out of Martin Luther King biopic

Jan. 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM
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HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone said he is dropping out of a film on the life of U.S. civil rights icon Martin Luther King.

Stone said on Twitter Friday his gritty rewrite of the script for the biopic was not well received by the producers, so he made the decision to pull out.

In his Tweet, Stone said his script raised "issues of adultery, conflicts within the (civil rights) movement."

Entertainment Weekly said it was unclear how Stone's departure would affect Jamie Foxx, who is cast in the lead role.

The King project is being produced by Warner Bros. and DreamWorks, with Steven Spielberg among the individual producers, Daily Variety said.

Stone, an 11-time Oscar nominee, won Academy Awards for writing "Midnight Express" and for directing "Platoon" and "Born on the Fourth of July."

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