The producer of the film Bohemian Rhapsody has secured the rights to make a biopic about Michael Jackson from the late singer’s estate.
Graham King and his GK Films will also have access to Jackson’s complete music catalog for use in the film. While the project has not yet been set up at a movie studio, it already has a screenwriter: John Logan, who has received three Academy Award nominations.
Previously, King and Logan worked together on The Aviator, which was about the life of billionaire Howard Hughes and was directed by Martin Scorsese. They also collaborated on two other films: Hugo and Rango. In addition to receiving Oscar nominations for The Aviator and Hugo, Logan also received one for Gladiator.
This is not the only music biopic King is working on. He is also developing one on the Bee Gees. Paramount is making that film, and it will be written by Anthony McCarten, who wrote Bohemian Rhapsody, which was about the life of the late Freddie Mercury. It grossed more than $900 million and led to an Oscar for Rami Malek, who played Mercury.
In spite of the fact that the Michael Jackson Estate has authorized the making of the Jackson biopic, at least some people believe that it will not be a “sanitized rendering of Jackson’s life.”
The film will come in the aftermath of the release of Leaving Neverland, and all the controversy it created. The Emmy Award-winning documentary from HBO detailed the allegations of two men who claim Michael Jackson sexually abused them when they were children.
There may also soon be a Broadway musical about Jackson. The show, which is called MJ and currently in the development process, is scheduled to premiere some time next year. While it was originally cancelled as a result of the controversy generated by Leaving Neverland, it was revived once the initial uproar over the documentary abated a bit.