NEW MLK Assassination Film!

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Lee Daniels and Hugh Jackman to tackle Martin Luther King slaying
By Steven Zeitchik
July 31, 2012, 3:32 p.m.

EXCLUSIVE: Lee Daniels and Hugh Jackman failed to get a civil rights picture off the ground when their passion project "Selma" fell apart two years ago. But the pair are taking another crack at that subject, exploring the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination with a new film that takes an unconventional view of King's murder.

Daniels will direct and Jackman will star in "Orders to Kill," a story that aims to tell an alternative version of the King shooting, according to a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to talk about it publicly. Millennium Films will produce and finance the film, which is currently being shopped around to distributors in Hollywood. A Millennium spokeswoman did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The film will tell the story of William Pepper (Jackman), a controversial attorney and activist who for decades has argued that convicted killer James Earl Ray, who recanted his confession and died arguing his innocence, didn't shoot MLK.

The picture will follow Pepper over the years as he wages a one-man campaign, interviewing witnesses and building support for his theory that other interests, including those from the U.S. government, were behind the 1968 Memphis killing. (In a nutshell, Pepper, who is still alive, argues that government interests wanted King dead because of his opposition to the Vietnam War.) It will be based on Pepper's own book, which has been adapted for the screen by Hollywood screenwriter Hanna Weg.

The movie has echoes of "JFK," Oliver Stone's film from 20 years ago that also argued for a broad conspiracy behind the assassination of a 1960s icon. Though controversial, the film was a huge hit and won two Oscars... ... 8278.story

harry ashburn
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm


There is no mention here of the book written by William Pepper, "An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King", in which he proves in a civil law suit that Ray did not shoot King. The court found that the government of the United State was 70% responsible for the assassination of MLK Jr. The book, detailing the years of investigation and the trial, names the assassin, Earl Clark of the Memphis police and conspirators Lloyd Jowers (who in deposition testified that Ray was a scape goat), the FBI, the CIA, the military (Defense Intelligence Agency) and others. It also exposes facts about the involvement of Nixon, George Herbert Walker Bush, LBJ, Malcolm Wallace (LBJ's hit man) and others in the assassination of JFK.

Those who do not know this information cannot possibly understand the true nature of our government.

Reading Pepper's book is a good step toward learning the true nature of our government.

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Jun. 15, 2015 10:50 am

MLK was asked to be RFK's running mate according to Pepper in a speech in SF

"But the Bob Kennedy who was killed in '68, I think was a very different person. I regard it as one of my sadnesses that I did not see him at the end. Because he had made an overture to Martin to run as a Vice-Presidential candidate with him. It was not generally known. But when he made his announcement, March I guess it was 15th or 16th, he made contact with Martin and I'm sure that contact was known. "

The hinkyness of the CIA's actions in ALL of these assassinations leads me to believe their role needs much investigation.

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Alex Hidell
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

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