“Bohemian Rhapsody” producer Graham King has acquired the rights to singer Michael Jackson’s life story and music for a new biopic that he is currently developing reports Deadline.
In addition, three-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (“Gladiator,” “The Aviator”) has been brought onboard to help develop the film’s script. While Jackson remains one of the best-selling, most popular musical artists of all time, a Jackson biopic is one that will almost immediately encounter backlash and controversy.
The report indicates the film will span his entire life and tackle the scandals leading up to his death in 2009, but with the family having given King the rights and access to the music – it seems likely it will softball them much like “Bohemian Rhapsody” effectively re-wrote and sanitised Queen’s history to suit both mass consumption and the surviving band members’ wishes.
The announcement also follows in the wake of the Emmy-winning HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” earlier this year which is currently the subject of a $100 million lawsuit with the Jackson estate.