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The Big O Preps Martin Luther King, Jr. Miniseries For HBO!

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Sounds good!!

Oprah's production company, Harpo Films, is working with HBO to develop a seven hour miniseries called America: In the King Years, which is based off of Taylor Branch's books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan is slated to write the script.

Harpo's Kate Forte says:

“People have tried telling this story using Parting the Waters, but nobody had all three books until now and that was incredibly enticing for us. This really is America in the King years, from 1954-68. Dr. King is the most dominant character, but there are so many other players who figure prominently. That includes his relationships with two presidents, JFK and Lyndon Johnson, his relationship with Coretta Scott King and his family, Bobby Kennedy, Stokely Carmichael and SNCC. This will cover the freedom rides, the Birmingham campaign, Selma, and the poor people's march on Washington that he was organizing when he was killed. It will be the seminal Civil Rights era film. We thought Robert’s work on The Pacific was incredible and he can hit the ground running."

Sounds like a massive undertaking, but we think the project is in good hands!

We're looking forward to it!

What do U think?? Are U excited to see a Martin Luther King, Jr. miniseries??

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18 comments to “The Big O Preps Martin Luther King, Jr. Miniseries For HBO!”

  1. 1

    If she tells the true story about MLK, it will be good. If she glosses over the fact that he was nothing but a common thug, and continues with the canonization of St. Martin, it will be a piece of crap.

  2. 2

    i'm sure mlk would like to know that the blacks today kill their own race, don't think he'd like that too much. He always preached better for them and they supported him, but they don't seem to be living up to his word.

  3. 3

    Now HE was a real black man who stood for EQUALITY, not like Jeremiah Wright during the Presidential Campaign, who bashed Hilary Clinton solely on the basis of race, not her character. Fighting racism with more racism only adds fuel to the fire.

  4. 4

    Yes I'm excited to see this miniseries! Martin Luther King Jr. is a true American hero. His message of peace, equality and love is one this country, this world, needs to embrace and be reminded of.

  5. 5

    Oprah is all about the Blacks. black black black. It's so annoying.

  6. 6

    Anything that Robert Schenkkan puts his hands on turns to gold. I have a feeling this is going to be done well.

  7. 7

    Will it make mention of the fact that MLK was a *gasp* Republican? Probably not… Too bad.

  8. 8

    The civil rights movement got hijacked after MLK's passing. A damn shame.

  9. 9

    This is SO redundant! She has to mess with everything. There has been documentaries and movies about this already.

  10. rpt23 says – reply to this


    oprah is a racist sack of shit
    i love how she can make comments on her show like , "oh you dance like a white boy shoot" like the ghetto trash she is, yet i would LOVE to see the backlash if elizabeth hasselback or any white talk show host said "oh he dances like a black guy"
    its so disgusting
    screw oprah. why she is so popular is beyond me

  11. 11

    One thing that you never hear much about is the fact that MLK Jr his father and grandfather were life long REPUBLICANS until MLKJr sold his soul to the devil and accepted JFK's bribes and promises to switch parties (and so the democratic party's history of bribery continues today).
    Don't believe me, wiki it!

  12. 12

    Please go away Oprah. Please.

  13. 13

    Re: TEARSinHEAVEN – My god you said it all! Bravo!

  14. 14

    I wonder if they'll bother to mention that he had a girlfriend in every city he visited and plagiarized most of his speeches. Somehow that all gets left out.

  15. 15

    Martin Luther King must turn in his grave daily seeing what the people he tried so hard to have pride respect and dignity have become. I feel bad for the people who have to struggle against all of that crap in order to live a decent productive life. He should have just kept with thuggery and freeloading because that's where it ended up. I doubt the man rests in peace.

  16. 16

    Ya like you'll really watch, perez.

  17. @v@ says – reply to this


    Whatever turns her crank. What Oprah wants, Oprah usually gets. If it's good, it could be the classic piece of watchable history on King long after we're all gone.

  18. 18

    MLK had an amazing way of speaking to the public, and was truly a wonderful man. Oprah's done wonderful things for many people but jeeeez I can't stand her, she's a twatwaffle.