Almost 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. “told the world that he had a dream,” said Guy Adams in The Independent, the slain civil-rights leader is set to “receive perhaps the ultimate recognition of his standing as a modern American icon: a Steven Spielberg film chronicling his life and times.” Now that DreamWorks has acquired the rights to King's speeches and other intellectual property, King should finally get his due.
“What the hell took so long?” said Marc Bernardin in Entertainment Weekly. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life was “marked by incredible accomplishment,” so it's hard to dismiss racism as the reason nobody has made a major movie about him. Did Hollywood need Obama’s election to understand “the country is ready to see the biography of an inspirational black man writ large”?
And even now the dream of seeing King's life story on the big screen could be "shattered," said Tatiana Siegel in Variety. Two of King's children are "threatening legal action,” claiming that Spielberg and DreamWorks don’t have permission for the project from the King Estate. So it remains to be seen if the “first-ever narrative feature” about King will hit theaters.