Lee Daniels and Hugh Jackman plan on combining forces to create Orders to Kill, a film telling an alternative story of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Daniels, director of the award-winning 2009 film Precious, had long been slated to bring his other King passion project, Selma, to life with Jackman’s help, but the film failed to get off the ground.
The duo is now hard at work on their new film, with Daniels set to direct and Jackman starring as William Pepper, the controversial attorney and activist who argued for decades that convicted killer James Earl Ray didn’t shoot MLK.
The movie follows Jackman’s Pepper over the years as he wages his one-man campaign, stressing Ray’s innocence and contending that other forces including the U.S. government were behind the revered reverend’s 1968 killing at a Memphis motel.
The film is being produced and financed by Millennium Films. The project is currently being shopped around to distributors.
More information regarding the film should be forthcoming over the course of the next few months.
[Source: LA Times]