HOLLYWOOD – The Oprah Winfrey produced Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma has had a change of name and direction. Now titled Martin Luther King: Zombie Killer, the film will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov and will star Samuel L. Jackson.
Ms. Winfrey explained the change of emphasis:
It’s a fact that young people today are not attracted to large scale, worthy looking historical fare. We already know the story. It’s the kids who need educating. So in conversations with Timur, he suggested why not have Martin Luther King Jr. fight racism AND (and this is the important part) a zombie outbreak? I’ll admit at first I was resistant but then we looked at some figures and we saw that people who wanted to see an MLK movie alone was an okay figure, but MLK + Zombies was off the chart.
Oliver Stone who had also submitted a script to the project reacted angrily to the news.
‘It’s obviously a conspiracy,’ he said.
Martin Luther King: Zombie Killer will be released in 2016.