Newswire: J.J. Abrams is developing a project about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final year

Soon, J.J. Abrams’ adaptation of Stephen King’s 11/22/63 will be coming to the small screen, with the James Franco-starring miniseries set to bow on Hulu sometime this year. Perhaps the story of Kennedy’s death has awakened in Abrams a desire to look into all of the assassinations of famous American leaders in the ’60s, because now Deadline reports that Abrams’ Bad Robot production company and Warner Bros. Television have optioned the rights to Tavis Smiley’s Death Of A King: The Real Story Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.

Death Of A King recounts the story of MLK’s last year, during which he clashed with police and activists, was denounced by the media and criticized by the President, and suffered serious attacks on his tactics and person. It’s yet to be determined whether the project will be developed as a …

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