Deadline is reporting that the Michael Jackson biopic project, titled Michael, has made another step forward in development tonight as Lionsgate have acquired the worldwide distribution rights.
Michael is set to be an in-depth portrayal of a complicated man who become the King of Pop. It will bring to life Jackson’s most iconic performances as it gives an informed insight into the entertainer’s artistic process and personal life.
Joe Drake, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chair, released a statement saying:
I am very excited that Lionsgate will be part of this epic film, and thrilled to be working with Graham, who has proven success in telling iconic life stories, from Bohemian Rhapsody to Ali; when combined with John, we couldn’t be in more extraordinary hands.
Producer Graham King released a statement saying:
I first met the Jackson family in 1981 and I’m humbled to bring their legacy to the big screen. Sitting at Dodger Stadium watching the Victory Tour, I could never have imagined that nearly 38 years later I would get the privilege to be a part of this film.
Katherine Jackson released a statement saying:
Ever since Michael was little, as a member of The Jackson 5, he loved the magic of cinema. As a family, we are honoured to have our life story come alive on the big screen.
The project initially came to light in late 2019, with the project being written by John Logan and the report states that they’re moving forward with his script, as well as with the blessing of the Jackson estate. Graham King will be producing alongside the co-executors of the Michael Jackson estate, John Branca and John McClain.