Emancipation and Training Day director Antoine Fuqua will be at the helm of the upcoming Michael Jackson biopic. The film, titled ‘Michael’, is written by John Logan and produced by ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ producer Graham King, alongside the co-executors of the Michael Jackson Estate, John Branca and John McClain. No word yet on who might be playing the King of Pop.
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman Joe Drake said in a statement: “Antoine is a perceptive and powerful filmmaker, and we feel very fortunate that he has chosen Michael as his next project. His visionary storytelling skills and commitment to his craft will make Michael an unforgettable film.”
Producer Grahm King added, “Antoine’s films provide personal perspectives of larger-than-life characters that continuously captivate global audiences. I’m confident that Antoine will make an exceptional and compelling film that will both celebrate and give profound new insights into the life of the King of Pop.”
‘Michael’ will chronicle the life and career of Jackson, though it has not yet been revealed which parts of the late singer’s life the biopic will focus on. Press releases stated that the film will “make the most of Jackson’s musical accomplishments and recreation of seminal career,” starting with his rise to fame as a child singer in ‘The Jackson 5’ to his solo success as an adult. It is also reported that ‘Michael’ will touch on the scandals that plagued Jackson’s personal life, including allegations of sexual abuse that had been leveled against the singer.