The project will be helmed by film producer Graham King and directed by the man who orchestrated Training Day, Antonie Fuqua.
“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,” Fuqua said in an interview with Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
The decision to bring Fuqua and Graham aboard means that the cinematic presentation of this story should look much different than the Baz Luhrmann-produced biopic about the “King of Rock and Roll,” called Elvis (2022). Instead, this picture will likely carry a serious undertone similar to the award-winning film Ray (2004). The specifies regarding the narrative arch for Michael have not been shared, nor have the details regarding the director’s casting preferences. However, what has been stated is that Michael Jackson’s estate and family members will be involved to protect MJ’s legacy and ensure the Integrity of the project. One of the primary objectives for releasing Michael will be to debunk the notion and rumors that the “King of Pop” took part in the molestation allegations that he was accused of. The top-selling solo recording artist of all time was accused of molesting Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch in 1993. Although MJ denied the allegations, it resulted in a highly publicized trial several years later, in 2005. This was one of many instances where MJ was accused of such things, but nevertheless, he maintained his innocence with the support of his family. In 2020 a musical about the 15-time Grammy Award winner premiered on Broadway called MJ. The show went on to collect four Tony Awards. Two years later, The Jackson’s took to Instagram to announce the news about the upcoming film with the following caption.