New Michael Jackson Movie Coming From 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Producer
The film authorised by Michael Jackson's estate will span the iconic singer's life and won't shy away from covering the "complexity" of his well-documented trials and tribulations, according to reports.
Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King was granted rights from Michael Jackson's estate to make a biopic that includes his music, sources said.
The biopic, which has no release date as yet, won't be a "sanitised" version of Jackson's story -- similar to King's 2004 film The Aviator, based on the complex life of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes.
In addition to Bohemian Rhapsody, King has executive produced critically acclaimed hits like 2001's Ali with Will Smith and box office hits like 2006's Martin Scorsese-directed The Departed.
During adulthood Jackson was plagued with persistent allegations of child abuse, tarnishing a musical legacy that lead him to be known as the King of Pop.
His death from a sedatives overdose in June 2009 at 50 years old was ruled a homicide, with his doctor Conrad Murray charged with involuntary manslaughter and given a four-year prison sentence.
At the height of his stardom, Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and 10, and their families. Wade Robson and James Safechuck, now in their 30s, accused Jackson of sexually abusing them in Leaving Neverland, a documentary released in January this year.
The project, which won an Emmy Award, is now involved in a $150 million lawsuit with the Jackson estate.
From the late 1980s, Jackson became a controversial figure for his changing appearance, relationships, behaviour and lifestyle. Sordid allegations against him began in 1993, when he was accused of sexually abusing the child of a family friend. The lawsuit was settled out of court, and Jackson was not indicted.
Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicised personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture over four decades.
He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of over 350 million records worldwide.Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with estimated sales of 66 million copies worldwide.
He has won more awards than any other artist in the history of popular music, and was the first artist to have a Top 10 single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades.
An authorised musical based on the performer's life, MJ The Musical, will premiere on Broadway in August 2020.
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