After Bohemian Rhapsody, American producer Graham King captures the romantic life of the King of Pop with John Logan in the script. Distributed by Lionsgate, the film does not yet have a director or lead actor.
After the success of Bohemian Rhapsody and his current involvement in the Bee Gees biopic, Oscar-winning producer Graham King is working on the biopic Michael. It traces the life of the King of the Pop from his childhood to his death, on stage as in his personal life, between success and disappointment.
This film “will provide audiences with an in-depth portrait of a complex man who became the King of Pop. It will bring the artist’s most iconic performances to life, while providing insight into his creative work and personal life. Explain variety according to the press release which grants the distribution of the film to the Lionsgate studio. “Ever since Michael was little, as a member of the Jackson Five, he loved movie magic” explains the artist’s mother, Katherine Jackson, 91, before expressing her enthusiasm. “As a family, we are honored to have our story come to life on the big screen” she said, keeping a watchful eye on the musical legacy of her son Michael, who is currently being brought to Broadway with the comedy MJ the Musical.
This biopic will go back sixty years to the mining town of Gary in Indiana, in the United States, where Michael Jackson was born and raised. The seventh in a family of nine children, the script will relate his rise within the Jackson Five, from 1962 to 1970, then retrace the main lines of the singer’s life course, his greatest hits –Rock With You (1979) Thriller (1982) and beat it (1982) – to his clips and lives until his death in 2009, at age 50. The film, designed in close collaboration with the legatees of the man with more than 350 million albums sold worldwide, will he address the accusations of pedophilia brought against him in the 1990s, as was able to do the documentary Leaving Neverland, airing on HBO in 2019? Not so sure…
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“I first met the Jackson family in 1981 and am honored to bring their legacy to the big screen” said the biopic’s British producer, Graham King, who continues his statement by mentioning a memory from 1984. “Sitting in Dodger Stadium watching the Victory Tour, I could never have imagined that almost 38 years later I would have the privilege of being a part of this movie” confides the regular Oscars, with no less than 71 nominations to his credit. Known for his participation in films Ali (2001), The Aviator (2004) by Martin Scorsese and Argo (2012) by Ben Affleck, it is truly with Bohemian Rhapsody that the producer was hailed. The biopic about the life of Freddie Mercury won Rami Malek the Best Actor Oscar and raked in $911 million at the worldwide box office.
On the screenplay side, it will be entrusted to John Logan, three-time Oscar nominee, who has already worked with Graham King on the set of the film. The Aviator (2004). The distribution is entrusted to the Lionsgate group. “I’m so thrilled to have Lionsgate part of this epic film and thrilled to be working with Graham, who has a proven track record of telling iconic life stories, from Bohemian Rhapsody to Ali, we couldn’t be in better hands.” said Joe Drake, president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. No release date has yet been revealed, such as the name of the actor who will play the King of Pop.
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