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In a series of tweets, Oliver Stone has revealed that he will no longer write and direct a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr biopic. It was announced last year that Stone was developing the film with Jamie Foxx set to play the legendary activist, humanitarian, and Civil Rights leader. Oscar winners Foxx and Stone previously worked together on 1999′s American Football drama ‘Any Given Sunday,’ which helped put Foxx on the map as a major movie star. Hollywood has struggled to bring a picture about King’s life and times to the screen for years, with Paul Greengrass and Lee Daniels among the prominent directors who have tried to put movies together.  Stone’s series of Tweets are as follows:

“Sad newsMy MLK project involvement has ended. I did an extensive rewrite of the script, but the producers won’t go with it. The script dealt w/ issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being. I’m told the estate & the ‘respectable’ black community that guard King’s reputation won’t approve it. They suffocate the man & the truth. I wish you could see the film I would’ve made. I fear if ‘they’ ever make it, it’ll be just another commemoration of the March on Washington. Martin, I grieve for you. You are still a great inspiration for your fellow Americans—but, thank God, not a saint.”

Oliver Stone has long been drawn to politically-themed biopics, having directed ‘JFK,’ ‘Nixon’ and ‘W.’ He most recently directed ‘Savages’ and just signed on to produce a biopic of Algerian leader Emir Abd el-Kader. Jamie Foxx recently starred in Quentin Taratino’s ‘Django Unchained’ and Roland Emmerich’s ‘White House Down.’ This year he’ll be seen on the big screen in the ‘Annie’ reboot and as the villainous Electro in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’