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Daniels, Lee (b. 1959)  
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Although Daniels spent a great amount of time in 2009 and early 2010 launching and promoting Precious, he has a number of projects in the works, reportedly including a film of the musical Miss Saigon.

But his most immediate assignment is Selma, a drama about the civil rights marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others in 1965, which he will direct.

His biggest problem, Daniels told Gaby Wood, is that King is "next to Jesus. So how do I make him human . . . ?" The challenge he faces, he said, is this: "We know King was a hero, so how do I tell the story? By telling truths that we're disturbed by. It challenges me as a film-maker, and as a man."

Daniels' commitment to telling disturbing truths has defined his career as a filmmaker thus far, and is likely to continue to do so.

After 16 years as lovers, Daniels and Hopkins separated in 2009, but they continue to work together and to co-parent their children, of whom they share joint custody. They live in New York City.

Claude J. Summers

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    Author: Summers, Claude J.  
    Entry Title: Daniels, Lee  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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