Another music icon will have his story told in the movies. Michael Jackson will win a biopic directed by Antoine Fuqua, responsible for films like The Protector and Training Day. Named just Michael, there is still no release date.
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According to the Deadline website, Lionsgate also brought in screenwriter John Logan (007: Operation Skyfall) and producer Graham King (Bohemian Rhapsody) to help develop the film about the King of Pop. The pair had previously worked together on Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, which won five Oscars in 2005.
The expectation, according to the page, is that Michael’s filming will begin in 2023. This means that pre-production is already in a very advanced state, including the script itself. That’s because this biopic was something King and Logan had wanted to do for some time. In 2019, the producer was already talking about the development of the project, but without presenting anything very concrete about it – until now.
As Deadline points out, initial information about the film points out that it should follow a line very close to what other recent biographies have already presented, such as Elvis and I Wanna Dance With Somebody. The proposal of the study with this would be to present the story of Michael Jackson sewing so much the side of the artist who came to the public with his personal dramas.
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For this, the plot would already start with the adult singer and in his most iconic phase, brushing his childhood and early career possibly in flashbacks. Among the topics that Michael will address will be the most thorny issues in the artist’s career, such as accusations of pedophilia, his relationship with his family and plastic surgery. The star died in 2009 after a drug overdose.
In an interview with Deadline, director Antoine Fuqua confirmed his involvement in the project and said he felt honored to direct the biography. He recalls that he began his career as a filmmaker with music videos and that he was always greatly influenced by Michael Jackson, especially the King of Pop being the first black artist to gain so much visibility on MTV.
So far, no name has been confirmed in the cast.