May 31, 2020 | 3:15 PM IST
jackson's biopic

Hollywood producer acquires rights to Michael Jackson’s biopic

Hollywood film producer Graham King has acquired the rights to make a biopic on the life of pop singer Michael Jackson which will be titled ‘King of Pop’. He has partnered with famous writer John Logan to write the script and actor Ephraim Sykes will play the role of Michael Jackson.
Sources reveal that the film is not likely to be a ‘sanitised’ portrait of the singer and will span his entire life. The news about the movie has come at a time when the January 2019 documentary, Leaving Neverland, is just coming over the nearly year-long controversy.

The documentary focuses on the darker side of the singer’s life and Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege they were sexually abused as children by singer Michael Jackson. The movie is directed and produced by British filmmaker Dan Reed. The film led to severe protests from Jackson’s fans.

The singer took to stardom since his childhood. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. In the 1980s, Jackson became a figure of controversy for his changing appearance, relationships, behaviour, and lifestyle. He passed away on June 25, 2009, following a cardiac arrest.

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