There’s more than one movie in the King family

I see where Steven Spielberg has signed a deal for movie rights to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And once again, the deal has touched off public feuding among King’s three surviving children. Dexter cut the deal on his own; Martin III and Bernice say it was arranged without their knowledge and consent, and they’re pledging to fight it.

On a commercial project like this, selling the rights to King’s words and stories strikes me as entirely appropriate. It’s not like charging for the right to use King’s words on a national memorial to the assassinated hero, which is an act of such chutzpah that it still boggles the mind.

But personally, I think this is the wrong movie, by the wrong moviemaker. I’m sure Spielberg will make a fine, respectful, very moving film about King’s life and contributions. There’s an awful lot there. But I’m thinking that a more commercial movie would focus on the three dysfunctional children of, say, a much-revered, almost saintly world-famous artist who sold most of his work to support humanitarian causes and rejected worldly luxury.

After the death of their parents, the three surviving children descend on the family homestead and start feuding over who gets what. They each start grabbing furniture, books, letters, pictures, artwork — not for sentimental or family reasons but because of what the stuff might fetch on the souvenir market. Old resentments and childhood slights are resurrected. They get into fights that spill out onto the frontyard; the cops are called, the TV cameras show up.

I don’t know about casting, but I’m thinking Martin Lawrence gets cast as the oldest, slightly ineffectual brother. Casting a Hollywood wannabe like Dexter shouldn’t be hard either. We could call it … “The Queen Family.” And Tyler Perry could direct. And I’m thinking that in the last scene, Madea could come marching into the home and lecture the whole bunch about how sorry they all turned out to be, and how ashamed their parents would be to see them like this.

And the audience cheers, roll credits.

Call me, Tyler. I’m tellin’ ya, this has possibilities.

89 comments Add your comment

I Report :-)/ You Whine :-(

May 20th, 2009
10:45 am

Or the audience says eewwwww.

Will Obozo be superimposed onto King’s right hand side?

eewwwww.

I Report :-)/ You Whine :-(

May 20th, 2009
10:51 am

Anderson Cooper Says “Teabagging” Comment Was “Stupid, Silly”

Ya reckon?

T

May 20th, 2009
10:58 am

Human nature at its finest. GROSS.

Bud Wiser

May 20th, 2009
10:59 am

Backsploitation, a word contrived during the ’70’s with flicks like “Shaft”, would be better in the hands of one of the great black exploitation ‘artists’, Spike Lee.

Never has someone with so little gone so far in Hollywood, of course we are talking Hollywood, where these days the collective IQ of most all movie producers, directors, and actors, if converted into gasoline, would be unable to power a gnat’s motorcycle for a lap around a BB. (Note- I have liked that analogy for decades when one of my high school football coaches used to berate us with the similar statement.)

And of course, the stupidity of Hollywood demonstrates admirably why the majority of these people who think their *** doesn’t stink, and that what they think about anything might actually mean something to anyone, are democrats.

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
11:03 am

Jay,

That’s hilarious! Was Yolanda completely dysfunctional as well? I don’t remember.

Mike

May 20th, 2009
11:07 am

Jay,you nailed this one.

Goldie

May 20th, 2009
11:09 am

Yes, the King children are a sad bunch… but I’m just thankful that MY family’s dirty laundry is not on display for all to see in the local media!

md

May 20th, 2009
11:12 am

Sounds like the “me” generation to a tee.

How many times have we heard the phrase “I worked hard so my children wouldn’t have to”.
Seems the children needed to. We have created an entire generation that doesn’t know what it means to sacrifice, work hard and earn what you get.

Its all about immediate satisfaction. Thats why they have no savings and their credit card debt is through the roof. It is now coming home to roost.

zip

May 20th, 2009
11:21 am

Raiders of the Lost Class…..

Jake

May 20th, 2009
11:26 am

You have to remember that the King children had a rough childhood with a mother that constantly agonized over her husband’s multitude of affairs.

Paul

May 20th, 2009
11:45 am

Jay

Or they could do a remake of Dickens Christmas Carol with the ghosts coming back and showing them how they got where they are and where they could end up.

But I won’t even bother to put it in my Netflix queue.

Report/Whine

I see where California voters soundly rejected the call for higher taxes to bail out their state.

I wonder if a certain senator will go there to address ‘the chattering classes’ and Ms Garofolo will tell them they’re just a bunch of racists and CNN anchors will lecture them on their $400 tax credit and Pres Obama will repeat his words that teabaggers are….

naw.

Hi Goldie

Most people would at least hang the laundry in the back yard, not out front for the world to see. It’s sad.

Hi Bosch!

Couldn’t figure out why I hadn’t received my next Netflix movie. Seems they want Caprica back first.

Philistines.

Paul

May 20th, 2009
11:48 am

Report/Whine

California: “Most of the measures were losing by wide margins, with at least 60 percent of voters rejecting them, according to partial returns.”

Let’s see, if California is about ten years ahead of the rest of the country and shows where trends are heading….

doesn’t look good, does it? Wonder if that could help drive a certain party to a resurgence -

md

May 20th, 2009
11:56 am

Raise your hand if you want your federal tax dollars to fix Californias’ mistakes. Or New Yorks’, or New Jerseys”, or …………

Redneck Convert

May 20th, 2009
12:07 pm

Well, why can’t they make a movie about somebody on our side? Like David Duke or maybe D.B. King. From the minute I first seen this Martin Luther King on TV I told the missus he was going to be a ton of trouble. And I was right. We can’t even change a few voting laws now without getting the federal guvmint’s OK. We even had to give up two of our Congress districts.

Just to balance the scales a bit we need a movie about somebody that hates guvmint and taxes and these social programs and equal rights laws and such. There’s tons of people on this blog they could make a good movie about.

I don’t blame King’s kids for getting into a little squabble. It sounds like old Dexter was firstest with the mostest. When a relation dies you got to run to his house and scoop up everything and don’t leave nothing but the wallpaper. You might could come across some nice tools. It’s easier to hold onto something you got than hire a bunch of lawyers to get it back.

Have a good p.m. everybody.

BDAtlanta

May 20th, 2009
12:13 pm

Spike Lee could do this. Spike has made some totally awful films (last year’s WW2 movie) and some really good movies (25th Hour, She’s Gotta Have It, Summer of Sam)

ByteMe

May 20th, 2009
12:14 pm

md: I’ve changed the mantra to “I work so hard so that my kids don’t have to later.” or maybe: “I work so hard now to give my kids what they need that they’ll return the favor later.” I figure the first is most likely right.

ByteMe

May 20th, 2009
12:15 pm

change the first one to “I work so hard so that my kids don’t have to support us later.” that’s what I really wanted to say.

md

May 20th, 2009
12:20 pm

Byteme,

When I was growing up, there was not a single new car in the HS parking lot. Biggest collection of junkers one could imagine. Could our folks afford nicer cars – sure, but that teaches one nothing.

Todays HS parking lots look like a new car dealership. Many have nicer rides than most parents. Sending the wrong message?

Taxpayer

May 20th, 2009
12:21 pm

md

May 20th, 2009
12:22 pm

Byteme,

Kind of like the old saying “Be nice to your sister because one day you are going to want her to take care of the parents”

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
12:24 pm

Paul -

OMG!!! Thanks for reminding me – my credit card expired and Netflix is holding my movies – I gots to type in my new one.

Two hours and 22 minutes until Werder Bremen kicks some Romanian butt!!!

md

May 20th, 2009
12:24 pm

Taxpayer,

Who is smarter playing that game? Looks like Georgia.

Taxpayer

May 20th, 2009
12:28 pm

md,

I think you know the point or I hope you do. California is one of the states that is providing tax dollars to other states — not vice versa as your earlier post suggested. The ‘red’ states seem to be notorious for living like leeches off the backs of others.

I Report/ You Whine

May 20th, 2009
12:29 pm

Paul- One thing we know for sure, Kalifornia is full of teabaggers.

eewwwww

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
12:30 pm

Wait – is 20:45 – 2:45 or 3:45? Let me count.

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
12:31 pm

And if it’s 20:45 in Istanbul, Turkey – what time is that here in GA?

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
12:33 pm

Turkey is 7 hours ahead! I thought they were six. So….1 hour and 12 minutes until some Romanians get their booties kicked with boots (ha ha Kamchak, get it?)

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
12:34 pm

Wait! I’m still confused.

md

May 20th, 2009
12:39 pm

Taxpayer,

So you are making the case for to much federal intervention, right?

If CA didn’t send money to uncle sugar then they might have enough money to fix their own problems. But no, uncle sugar knows best. I don’t think the Constitution was set up that way, but uncle sugar disagrees.

DB, Gwinnettian

May 20th, 2009
12:41 pm

DB, Gwinnettian

May 20th, 2009
12:44 pm

Many have nicer rides than most parents. Sending the wrong message?

Coupla things:

1) Depends on the HS.

2) A lot of parents have been force fed the notion that their kids deserve a “safe” vehicle. Usually that means some ginormous thing, presumably so that when their little darlings hit something, they’re marginally less likely to die inside.

Here’s what I’d propose–nobody under 18 is permitted to drive anything bigger/more powerful than a mid-80s Excel hatch with a five speed stick and a big sharp spike mounted on the steering column. That’ll learn the little brats to drive right.

TnGelding

May 20th, 2009
12:45 pm

I Report :-) / You Whine :-(

May 20th, 2009
10:45 am

Obozo exemplifies what Dr. King preached. You should be rejoicing in his successes instead of displaying your pettiness.

RW-(the original)

May 20th, 2009
12:45 pm

Bosch,

I told one of the Unicorns in my forest about you. She sent you a gift

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
12:48 pm

RW,

Tell your unicorn thanks! What a sweetheart!

Taxpayer

May 20th, 2009
12:48 pm

So you are making the case for to much federal intervention, right?

I’m making the case the the ‘red’ states say with one face that they do not want to be taxed while they say with the other face “give me your tax dollars”.

I Report :-)/ You Whine :-(

May 20th, 2009
12:50 pm

TN- What successes?

Did you notice yet that you called him Obozo?

Very fitting name, isn’t it?

ByteMe

May 20th, 2009
12:50 pm

md @ 12:22: My sister plays that role now to the hilt. And thank goodness for that, since they’re 700 miles from here.

Midori

May 20th, 2009
12:51 pm

so,

now RW is cheating on me with UNICORNS?????

ByteMe

May 20th, 2009
12:53 pm

And, yes, I’m clear that I want my kids to have an electric car when they get old enough. A USED electric car at that (the oldest is 3, so we have time for that reality to happen). My wife wants them to have something safe like an old Buick Electra 225 that was my Mom’s but I drove on dates in high school.

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
12:53 pm

Midori,

I think it’s probably when he’s in werewolf form – that’s probably ok.

I Report :-)/ You Whine :-(

May 20th, 2009
12:55 pm

FBI chief Robert Mueller Wednesday undermined President Barack Obama’s plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison by warning that detainees could fuel terrorism if transferred to US soil.

Buck up, Robert, buck up.

Pour yourself a stiff drink.

T

May 20th, 2009
12:56 pm

DB, Gwinnettian @ 12:41 pm

Wow, I love the expression on the crowds face. Kinda like the one I just had. Love the Soul Plane reference.

eeewwwww

May 20th, 2009
1:01 pm

Enter your comments here

RW-(the original)

May 20th, 2009
1:02 pm

What would the offspring of a werewolf/unicorn breeding be? A horny bigfoot?

And Midori, it ceased to be cheating when I signed the first alimony check.

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
1:02 pm

ByteMe,

That must have been a mom thing – my mom had a Buick as big as a boat back when I was in high school – lots of good times in that car that would make my mother weep if she knew about!

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
1:04 pm

RW,

“What would the offspring of a werewolf/unicorn breeding be? A horny bigfoot?”

OMG!!! That made me fall out of my chair!!!

eeewwwww

May 20th, 2009
1:07 pm

eeewwwww. it sounds so prepubescent girlish. like an annoying child.

if you use the expression “eeewwwww” past the age of +/-14, if you are a tween, or past the age of 11 if you are a male tween, it shows some very annoying effeminate and fey affections.

it comes off as faggy – and not in a good way.

DB, Gwinnettian

May 20th, 2009
1:14 pm

it comes off as faggy

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Midori

May 20th, 2009
1:17 pm

*sniff, sniff*

RW doesn’t love me anymore :-(

ByteMe

May 20th, 2009
1:19 pm

Bosch: she got it from Dad, who spent years driving it all over Florida first for business. After he got a new car, she got the old one and that’s what I got to drive for dates. A freakin’ boat.

One of my neighborhood friends, though, had a Celica gifted from his parents and driving that rocked! (My friend busted his knee, so I was his driver for about 3 months)

sd

May 20th, 2009
1:21 pm

The King children are truly sad.

I know a lot of apples that have fallen far from their trees, but these three have rolled down a hill and settled miles from the tree.

Paul

May 20th, 2009
1:26 pm

Bosch 12:30

Neither. 2045 is 8:45pm.

If the first two digits are 13 or higher, subtract 12 and that’s the conversion to a 12-hour clock in pm.

And it’s the same time in Istanbul, only later!

The car thing – I’ve noticed it doesn’t seem to matter much the school or district, lotsa new cars everywhere. Neighbor’s daughter totaled ‘her’ car. Dad went out and bought her a brand new Accord….

I always told my kids there would be a family car that they could have the privilege to drive. Period. None of this ‘my car’ stuff. And they’d share with the sibs.

Knew a guy who owned a body shop. Said he told his friends that if they were going to get their kids a car to get’em something they could walk away from, ’cause odds were they were going to get wrecked. He looked around his bodyshop and said, “fortunately, they don’t listen to me and I make a very good living off them.”

Paul

May 20th, 2009
1:27 pm

Midori 1:17

Take heart, dear one. It’s only a temporary infatuation. He’ll come back.

Next time, use the handscuffs….

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
1:34 pm

Paul,

“If the first two digits are 13 or higher, subtract 12 and that’s the conversion to a 12-hour clock in pm.”

Okay, yeah, duh, that makes sense [slap myself on forehead] I just always count backwards from 24 – but that’s alot easier.

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
1:37 pm

Paul,

My oldest has managed to total one car and the other two cars have dents in them from him doing really stupid things – like running one car into the other car – yes, while in the driveway, or running one car into the other car – yes, in the church parking lot.

Why anyone spends more than $100 on a 16 year old to have a car is beyond me – it’s like throwing money down the toilet.

eagle scout

May 20th, 2009
1:41 pm

Geez…I guess you two have never served in the military!!! If it’s 1400 hours it’s 2:00 pm..If it’s 1900 hours it’s 7:00 pm…Bosch just subract two. 1000 hours equals 8:00 pm. No rocket science needed..

md

May 20th, 2009
1:47 pm

es,

Want to try that again. 1000 is 10am. 2200 is 10pm and 2000 is 8pm, so no, you can’t just subtract 2.

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
1:50 pm

eagle scout,

Nope, I never served in the military – I would have spent the whole time in prison. I don’t follow “orders” very well. :-)

Paul

May 20th, 2009
1:50 pm

Bosch

I always go for easy.

Save the wisecracks about Mrs. Paul…

I’d just bought a new car (for me, anyway, it was a year old) and the first week we went to church for some evening thing and the minister’s kid was showing off driving backwards and plowed right into my car. Minister couldn’t understand why I was upset, he said something like “it’s only a car, they can get fixed, we know, it’s his fourth wreck.” Really said that. I shoulda said “Catholic priests don’t have kids, do they?”

eeewwwww

May 20th, 2009
1:52 pm

es,
your condescending retort and example is only 1/2 right.

i guess you have served in the military

Paul

May 20th, 2009
1:54 pm

Bosch 1:50

[[I would have spent the whole time in prison. I don’t follow “orders” very well. ]]

Well heck, you shoulda become President, then you coulda told them all what to do!

But you’d still have to contend with The Other Bosch. Just like Barak has to answer to Michelle… now there’s an interesting interview…

Paul

May 20th, 2009
1:55 pm

ByteMe

May 20th, 2009
1:55 pm

Bosch: My sister totalled THREE cars before I was 18. I didn’t drive with her much.

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
1:56 pm

Paul,

You should have said exactly that. I’m still waiting to see if I’m getting sued from where my son totaled his car. He not only totaled his car, but another car.

Midori

May 20th, 2009
1:57 pm

Paul,

I’ve had your initials engraved on those handcuffs :)

DB, Gwinnettian

May 20th, 2009
1:58 pm

I love the expression on the crowds face. Kinda like the one I just had.

The first time I encountered that Boondocks bit, I kind of shrugged it off; I figured it was just Aaron being Aaron, stirring the pot.

Second time around it’s actually quite moving, and — dare I say it? — very much what I might expect Dr. King to say if he were to grace us with an earthly visit.

Paul

May 20th, 2009
1:59 pm

Bosch 1:56

That’s what insurance companies are for –

Midori,

I’m flattered. I think…………

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
2:00 pm

Paul,

Yeah, me run for POTUS. Let’s see – yeah, all my pot smoking buddies would come out of the woodworks from my younger years with God knows what photographs.

But knowing me the way I do – I’d say, “Yeah! I smoked pot and man, I wish I could get those years back from the time I was 17-21! Whooo Hooo! Me and my pals KNEW how to Par-te’!!”

I don’t think that’d go over well with certain groups of voters.

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
2:05 pm

ByteMe,

I’ve been real lenient with my son – but if this POS he’s driving right now conks out or if he wrecks it – he’s walking. I should have done it a long time ago, but when you get “that call” from you kid and you go and pick him up off the side of the road with pieces of the car lying in a 20 yard stretch – you’re just so happy he’s alive and the other person is alive to care much at the moment.

Paul,

Yeah, the other person was hurt – not life threatening, but messed his leg up real bad and he’s had to have three surgeries – he still hasn’t been released from his doctor and the medical bills have been more than what my insurance covered – and I had GOOD insurance too.

md

May 20th, 2009
2:06 pm

Bosch,

” I’m still waiting to see if I’m getting sued from where my son totaled his car. He not only totaled his car, but another car.”

Sounds like a “prim and proper CYA” situation:)

May want to look into an umbrella policy on top of that auto insurance, todays society goes for the throat. Easy money, especially if injuries are involved. Some will rape your insurance company, take your house, and then sneak off to go snowboarding with their “injury settlement”.

md

May 20th, 2009
2:09 pm

Bosch,

“Yeah! I smoked pot and man”

I believe the current POTUS said exactly that and said he was going to take your money and give to somebody else, and look what happened.

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
2:19 pm

Oops! My bad Shakhtar Donestsk is Ukrainian – not Romanian. As you can see, I’m not much into Romanian and Ukrainina futbol. I know, I know – how silly of me.

Paul

May 20th, 2009
2:20 pm

Bosch

I just got my car insurance renewal yesterday. Sorry about your situation but it’s a reminder to me to check my liability limits. I thought I had good limits, too.

Paul

May 20th, 2009
2:22 pm

md

Thanks for that reminder, too. I’ve got one of those million dollar liability that kicks in after homeowners, I’ll have to see if it kicks in after car insurance, too.

Thanks again.

eagle scout

May 20th, 2009
2:25 pm

md…You can on a 2400 hour clock 0800..0900.1000..1100..1200..are the same as a regular clock then comes 1300 and so on and so on.
as I said before it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out.

Paul, Army? Me too!

ByteMe

May 20th, 2009
2:26 pm

Bosch: what did the trick with my sister was the last car she totalled required a trip to the hospital and a tube snaked through her nose and into her lungs to reinflate one of them. I understand the feeling of relief, because I happened to pass by the accident about 5 minutes after it happened. Total coincidence and I wasn’t even driving.

My rule is that I’ll help you buy the first one when you need it, but you pay the insurance and if you can’t afford it any more or destroy it, you get to learn about bus routes until you have enough money to buy the next one.

My wife may have a different rule. We’ll see in 13 years.

Paul

May 20th, 2009
2:27 pm

eagle scout

Army? No way. I was just trying to make a bad joke.

eagle scout

May 20th, 2009
2:28 pm

md .. just re-read your post…my bad…I guess that I’m less than a rocket scientist 1000 is 10:00 am 2200 is 10:pm.

I apoligize profusely…No wonder I was never on time!

Taxpayer

May 20th, 2009
2:33 pm

Ken Nuggent got me the settlement I deserved. One call, that’s all. I wonder if he hired Newt to come up with that bumper sticker lingo.

Bosch

May 20th, 2009
2:38 pm

ByteMe,

Funny story – I mentioned earlier how my son had dented all our cars – including my truck and I didn’t bother to fix it. The other day, we were going somewhere, and he gets in the passenger side and asks “Who hit the truck?” to which I replied “You, dumb ass.” And he said, “Oh, yeah.” Kids :roll:

md

May 20th, 2009
2:40 pm

es,

You may want to look at your post again, I think you have a typo.

And yes, you subtract 2 from the second number to get a corresponding time (1900 = 7:00), but it doesn’t work well after 2000 for you must assume a “10″, and 2100 would be -1:00.

Just subtract 12, and there is no confusion.

Hillbilly Deluxe

May 20th, 2009
2:50 pm

I had to get a job and buy my own car. Of course I grew up in a different world than what we have now.

md

May 20th, 2009
2:56 pm

Hill,

I think we may be heading back to that world, one way or the other. Materialism has not worked well for the subsequent generations.

jewcowboy

May 20th, 2009
2:57 pm

When I was 16 I was allowed to buy any car I wanted, as long as it was my Mom’s old one. I had to pay her $2000 for her Buick and she bought Jaguar convertable! I guess kids are good for something.

eagle scout

May 20th, 2009
2:57 pm

md….I guess as one who spent a little over 30 years in the military it’s easier done than said. Enough said … Gotta run, if It’s 1455 and I gotta be there at 1530….Later

Red Foreman

May 20th, 2009
6:11 pm

Maybe they will make a “King” porno…

King Deepthroat…

King does Dallas…

catlady

May 20th, 2009
8:58 pm

Movie, reality show, or long-running Jerry Springer segment?

PinkoNeoConLibertarian

May 21st, 2009
8:57 am

A day late, a dollar short with this comment…

Bosch at 2:38 that is hilarious! Red Foreman would be proud! :)

RealityKing

May 21st, 2009
10:40 am

Steven King should be doing a movie on the King Family. Scarrrrry and shameful.