Michael Jackson Biopic Coming Soon From Antoine Fuqua, ‘The Equalizer’ Director

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A highly-anticipated biopic about the King of Pop is on the way and being directed by Antoine Fuqua. Fuqua — who directed motion pictures such as “The Equalizer” franchise, “Emancipation,” and “Training Day”  — is teaming up with Lionsgate to bring the impending project “Michael,” about the late Michael Jackson, to the big screen. The feature will timeline the Jackson 5 star’s career and life, including his otherworldly album releases with Quincy Jones, his polemic run-ins with the law and his untimely death; though, an official plot summary for the Michael Jackson biopic has yet to be released.

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Michael Jackson who attained unheard-of milestones during his lifetime, such as having the best-selling album of all time, “Thriller” (which sold roughly 70 million copies worldwide), passed away at age 50 in 2009 from a sedative-evoked heart attack. Back in 2019, the development of the biopic was initially announced. TJ Jackson (Tito Jackson‘s son) informed reporters in June 2022 that the flick is “going to happen,” furthering that the movie was crucial being it’ll refigure the “awful” accusations made against his uncle. According to reports, the long-awaited biodrama will “deal squarely with the pedophile allegations that dogged his later years.”

Written by John Logan (a three-time Oscar nominee for films like “The Aviator” and “Gladiator”) and produced by Oscar winner Graham King (“The Departed” and “Bohemian Rhapsody“), the biopic will be made also in conjointness with Michael Jackson’s estate with co-executors John McClain and John Branca. Fuqua spoke about what inspired him to draw rein on the monolithic project, telling reporters: “The first films of my career were music videos, and I still feel that combining film and music are a deep part of who I am. For me, there is no artist with the power, the charisma, and the sheer musical genius of Michael Jackson.

“I was influenced to make music videos by watching his work. His music and those images are part of my worldview, and the chance to tell his story on the screen alongside his music was irresistible,” added the prestigious director. Although announcements about casting have yet to be made regarding who the icon musician will be portrayed by, “Michael” is slated to begin production this year.


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