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We talk all the time here about new projects for our favorite directors, but today we’re going to talk about two films that have just been dropped by their respective helmers.

According to new reports, Darren Aronofsky has walked away from the thriller Red Sparrow, after circling the picture for months. Meanwhile, Oliver Stone is kicking off his MLK weekend by announcing that he is no longer making an MLK biopic. Hit the jump for updates on both projects.

THR reports that Aronofsky has moved on from Red Sparrow, after entering talks with Fox to helm back in August. The trade does not mention why he left, but it seems he’s going on good terms as there’s still a possibility Aronofsky could come in back later on. For now, though, the director is looking for a new project and the studio is seeking a scribe to develop the script.

Red Sparrow will be based on the novel by Jason Matthews, about a Russian spy seductress who meets a young (male) CIA agent. The dangerous relationship between the two proves to have global consequences, as the plot hops around the globe.

News of Stone’s departure from Warner Bros. / DreamWorks’ Martin Luther King, Jr. picture comes from Stone himself, who tweeted the following.

 

Stone had been in negotiations to direct the film since October. At the time, we noted that there were “reservations” about Stone’s planned warts-and-all portrayal of the civil rights icon. Based on his tweets, it seems those “reservations” finally sunk his version of the film altogether.

 

 

 

 

It’s unclear whether Foxx is still on board. As of last fall, the DreamWorks / Warner Bros. project was one of several MLK movies in development but the only one with the backing of King’s estate. Stone’s project would have followed King from his rise as a civil rights icon all the way through to his assassination.

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