“What if I took a non-violent approach, like MLK?” asks Tom Gist on “What If,” about what his life would be like if certain things hadn’t occurred. It’s a great conceptual song, although that one line is the only one that applies to this story.
I’m honestly stunned this hasn’t been done before. DreamWorks just purchased the rights to make a film based on the life of who I’d imagine is easily the most famous Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. How hasn’t this been done before? We’ve had a Malcolm X biopic, courtesy of Spike Lee, but not one about Martin Luther King? His birthday is a national holiday. Pehaps it’s because he stood for non-violence. He was the Gandhi of the Civil Rights movement. Maybe somehow to make it more intriguing, they’ll mix in the Chris Rock joke about streets named after MLK are the most violent ones in America, no matter where you are.
Steven Spielberg isn’t onboard to direct the film, at least at this point, but will produce alonside Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones. At the moment, no writer or director has been announced.
Biopics are kind of hit-or-miss with me, but MLK is such an important subject, this film needs to be made. What do you think?