Spielberg to produce Martin Luther King biopic
The Oscar-winning director will produce Martin Luther King Jr with Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones, Variety reports.
"We are all honoured that the King estate is giving us the opportunity to tell the story of these defining, historic events," Spielberg told the magazine.
"It is our hope that the creative power of film and the impact of Dr King's life can combine to present a story of undeniable power that we can all be proud of."
The DreamWorks project is the first to be authorised by the King estate, which holds the copyright for all of King's speeches, books and famous works.
King was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis aged 39.
Spielberg has a number of projects currently in the pipeline, including The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn based on the Belgian comic-book hero.