Michael: Training Day Director to Helm Michael Jackson Biopic
Published 2 weeks ago
After Bohemian Rhapsody, Elvis, and this year’s Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Lionsgate is ready to tell the story of one other deceased music icon.
According to Deadline, Lionsgate is currently developing the biopic Michael which will tell the story of the King of Pop Michael Jackson, and they’ve hired Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer, Emancipation) to direct the film. The film also has Graham King attached as producer; King had also produced the hugely successful Bohemian Rhapsody; and the movie is working on a script from John Logan (They/Them, The Aviator, The Last Samurai).
We don’t have an official synopsis for the movie yet, but we are set to follow the evolution of Michael Jackson’s career, starting out from when he fronted the Jackson 5 when he was a young boy, to the time that he became one of the world’s biggest stars during his adult years.
The movie is also said not to be shying away from the pedophile accusations that plagued Jackson’s latter years, leading up to his death of a cardiac arrest due to a drug overdose back in 2009.
Probably the hardest thing to pull off with this movie is the casting. They would probably have to cast two different actors to play young and old Michael; and if they do find someone to play him, that person will have to wear a fake nose around the time they start telling the story of Jackson’s excessive plastic surgeries.
If anything, a lot of people make money off of being Michael Jackson impersonators, so maybe they can find someone from that pool of entertainers. It’s just an idea.
For now, no release date has been set for Michael.