Greengrass to direct Martin Luther King assassination pic

When you want to make a film about an intense, horribly tragic moment in history, you call Paul Greengrass. Although the shaky-cam loving director is mostly famous now for helming the last two films of the Bourne saga, he previously directed Bloody Sunday (about the disastrous 1972 march on Derry in Northern Ireland) and United 93 (which follows the men and women aboard one of the hijacked flights on September 11, 2001).

According to Deadline, Greengrass is now set to helm Memphis – a drama about the assassination of civil rights activist and icon Martin Luther King Jr. – for Universal. King, who worked tirelessly to end racial segregation, discrimination and poverty, was assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee.

Scott Rudin, whose latest films The Social Network and True Grit are both competing for Best Picture at next Monday’s Oscar ceremony, will produce.

Discuss: Who would you like to see cast as Martin Luther King?

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