Michael Jackson biopic already causing controversy….

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Michael Jackson biopic already causing controversy....

Starring Oscar nominee Colman Domingo as Jackson’s father, Joe, Nia Long as Jackson’s mother, Katherine, and Miles Teller as John Branca, Jackson’s attorney and the co-executor of his estate the Michael Jackson biopic already causing controversy.

Imaginatively titled, ‘Michael’ the film is said to a be “riveting and honest portrayal of the brilliant yet complicated man” that will include both Jackson’s “undeniable creative genius” and his “human side and personal struggles.” the one thing that is looking likely to be swept under the carpet is the numerous court cases alleging his propensity for sexual behaviour towards underage boys. However director Antoine Fuqua, producer Graham King and screenwriter John Logan are said to contend with those allegations in their film despite Jackson lifelong denial. And for the the Jackson estate and his family is a portrayal  asserting Jackson’s innocence.

The family are closely involved with the film with Jackson being played as an adult by his nephew Jaafar Jackson and according to reports at least one other member of Jackson’s family is on the set every day. Producer King has said that “As a filmmaker, I look to humanize but not sanitize and present the most compelling, unbiased story I can capture in a single feature film and let the audience decide how they feel after watching it’

Dan Reed, director of the 2019 documentary series “Leaving Neverland,” is having none of it and has read a draft of the “Michael” screenplay, which he calls “startlingly disingenuous” for making a point to discredit Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s (the alleged victims of Jackson and subject of his documentary)  contention that Jackson was a paedophile. Adding about the screenplay, ‘“It feels like the creators of the movie have been stuck in a room with John Branca and just told what to write.”

California appeals court ruled in 2023 that their combined case must go to trial but delays by the Jackson estate’s legal team will likely push the trial past the scheduled April 2025 release of “Michael.” If the trial began before the film it is likely to limit ticket sales and any trial after that came out against Jackson would make the film look like a whitewash. With a budget of $155m the film needs to be a huge box office success to make its money back.

Frankly we think that the Michael Jackson biopic should be titled after one of his albums. Our money would be on either Bad or Dangerous.

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