Words by: Dylan Kemp
It looks like the late King Of Pop will finally get the biopic he deserves.
This past Friday, according to a Deadline report, Bohemian Rhapsody director, Graham King, secured the rights to make a movie about the complicated life of the late Michael Jackson. As well as securing the rights to make the film, King also secured the rights to use all of MJ’s music.
King’s company GK Film also tapped three-time Oscar winner nominee, John Logan, to write the script. He and King previously worked on the Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator. Currently, no studio is attached to the film.
It has a little over ten years since the world lost Michael Jackson. He died at the age of 50 due to a combination of drugs including propofol and lorazepam. The biopic will not be a “sanitized” take on Jackson’s life, instead, it is going to depict his “entire” life that will detail his rise from child star to music superstardom. However, it is unclear whether the film will address MJ’s sexual abuse allegations, which is estate has vehemently denied.
News of a biopic broke a day after it was confirmed that Tony award-nominated actor, Ephraim Sykes, will portray the King of Pop in an upcoming Broadway play, MJ: The Musical. The show is set for an August 2020 opening.