Michael Jackson’s upcoming biography simply called Michael, has just taken a major step forward. Deadline reports that Lionsgate has been awarded the worldwide distribution rights to the film, which explores the story of the world-renowned musician known as the King of Pop. It is not yet known when the film will premiere.
Michael was written by Oscar-nominated writer John Logan, whose other film credits include: gladiator† On any Sunday† Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street† skyfall, and Ghost† Bohemian Rhapsody and The Departed producer Graham King is co-producing the film with John Branca and John McClain, the co-executors of the Michael Jackson estate. King and Logan previously worked together on the kite†
The Michael Jackson biopic is described as an in-depth portrayal of “a complicated man” who is still considered by many to be one of the greatest artists of all time. His controversies that the singer has endured off-stage are also well documented and it sounds like this will also be explored in Michael† The film will “bring Jackson’s most iconic performances to life as it provides an informed insight into the artistic process and the entertainer’s personal life.”
“I am very excited that Lionsgate will be part of this epic film, and I am thrilled to be working with Graham, who has proven to be successful in telling iconic life stories from Bohemian Rhapsody to Ali; combined with John, we couldn’t be in more extraordinary hands,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chair Joe Drake.
“I first met the Jackson family in 1981 and I am humbled to bring their legacy to the big screen,” King added. “As I sat in Dodger Stadium watching the Victory Tour, I could never have imagined, almost 38 years later, that I would be privileged to be a part of this film.”
Katherine Jackson comments: “Since Michael was little, he loved the magic of cinema as a member of The Jackson 5. As a family, we are honored to see our life story come to life on the big screen.”
Michael Jackson’s biopic joins several other movies about musicians in the making
Movies about famous musicians have proved very successful in recent years, as can be seen from blockbusters like Bohemian Rhapsody and rocket man† This has only helped usher in a wave of more biopics as Michael Jackson will be in good company with Michael production will start soon.
Several movies are currently being made about other famous entertainers and iconic music personalities. This includes upcoming features about Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Amy Winehouse, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Bob Marley, Cher, The Bee Gees and many more.
Lionsgate hasn’t set a release date for Michael† We’re also waiting to hear who will be playing the King of Pop in the upcoming biopic. We’ll just have to stay tuned for more updates, but with a distributor in place, the gears on the film should start spinning pretty quickly.
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