By Tribune Staff
NASHVILLE, TN — The King of Pop is getting a biopic. The Shadow and Act website confirmed this week that the production has been set at Lionsgate from the late singer’s estate and the producers of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Lionsgate is teaming with producer Graham King on the film, which is titled, Michael. Lionsgate will distribute the film worldwide. The film is produced by King and the Michael Jackson estate’s co-executors, John Branca and John McClain, the screenplay is from John Logan.
The Liongate release says, “the film ‘will give audiences an in-depth portrayal of the complicated man who became the King of Pop. It will bring to life Jackson’s most iconic performances as it gives an informed insight into the entertainer’s artistic process and personal life.”
Joe Drake, chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group said, “I am very excited that Lionsgate will be part of this epic film, and thrilled to be working with Graham, who has proven success in telling iconic life stories, from Bohemian Rhapsody to Ali; when combined with John, we couldn’t be in more extraordinary hands. I first met the Jackson family in 1981 and I’m humbled to bring their legacy to the big screen,” said King. “Sitting at Dodger Stadium watching the Victory Tour, I could never have imagined that nearly 38 years later I would get the privilege to be a part of this film.”
“Ever since Michael was little, as a member of The Jackson 5, he loved the magic of cinema,” said Katherine Jackson. “As a family, we are honored to have our life story come alive on the big screen.” Neither a director nor a release date have been named as yet.