Michael Jackson’s biopic coming from producer Bohemian Rhapsody
The biopic will reportedly take a look at the life and rise to stardom of the King Of Pop, from becoming a child star in the Jackson Five, to his death in June 2009. Producer Graham King had secured the rights, including music, from Jackson’s estate to make a feature film about the life of the Thriller singer, whose legacy has been tarnished by allegations of child sex abuse. The movie is expected to span Jackson’s journey from child star to the global icon that ended when he died in 2009 at age 50 of an overdose from a powerful sleeping aid just weeks before a planned comeback concert. Jackson was tried and acquitted in 2005 on charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy. In 1994, he settled a sexual abuse civil lawsuit concerning another 13-year-old boy. His reputation came under scrutiny again this year because of the Emmy-winning documentary Leaving Neverland in which two men gave emotional accounts of what they said was sexual abuse by the singer in the 1990s when they were boys. Jackson’s family attacked the documentary and his estate denounced it as a “rehash of dated and discredited allegations.” the Jackson movie will be written by John Logan, whose credits include The Aviator. No casting expected release date or movie studio was announced. Bohemian Rhapsody, a musical biopic about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury who died of AIDS in 1991, won four Oscars this year, including for lead actor Rami Malek. It has taken more than $900 million at the global box office.