Michael Jackson’s estate has approved an official biopic of the late great King of Pop, just as long as it’s created by the same producer behind the Oscar award-winning biopic “Bohemian Rapsody”.
Graham King, the producer behind the acclaimed Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, has secured rights from the Michael Jackson estate to an official biopic about the late singer and music icon. According to Deadline, Graham brought along John Logan (Gladiator, Sweeney Todd) to write the script.
According to reports, the untitled biopic will not be a “sanitized” take on Jackson’s story, but it will cover “his entire life.”
Logan and King’s previous work together included the critically acclaimed Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator that went on to snag five Academy Awards. The biopic comes after a scathing docuseries that released earlier this year on HBO called “Leaving Neverland”. The controversial documentary interviewed Wade Robson and James Safechuck who detailed their claims of being sexually abused by MJ as children.
For those who can’t wait to see MJ’s life story retold can check out the upcoming Broadway musical on hit life MJ: The Musical. Actor Ephraim Sykes of Hamilton and Ain’t Too Proud will portray Jackson in the play being directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.
“Ephraim Sykes is a bonafide triple threat, and dynamic rising star on Broadway. I am honored to be working with him on this exciting new production,” Wheeldon told Broadway News earlier this week.
MJ: The Musical debuts July 6, 2020, at the Neil Simon Theatre.