. Recall that Lionsgate announced a forthcoming biopic devoted to the life and times of Michael Jackson.
. Graham King is producing in conjunction wit Lionsgate plus the Jackson estate.
. The film will be titled “Michael.” No director has yet been named, nor any release time for the project given.
. John Logan is doing the screenplay.
The King of Pop is getting a biopic. The Shadow and Act website confirmed this week that the production has been set at Lionsgate from the late singer’s estate and the producers of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Lionsgate is teaming with producer Graham King on the film, which is titled, Michael. Lionsgate will distribute the film worldwide. The film is produced by King and the Michael Jackson estate’s co-executors, John Branca and John McClain, the screenplay is from John Logan.
The Liongate release says, “the film ‘will give audiences an in-depth portrayal of the complicated man who became 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, chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group said, “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. I first met the Jackson family in 1981 and I’m humbled to bring their legacy to the big screen,” said King. “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.”
“Ever since Michael was little, as a member of The Jackson 5, he loved the magic of cinema,” said Katherine Jackson. “As a family, we are honored to have our life story come alive on the big screen.” Neither a director nor a release date have been named as yet.
but it is worth noting that Michael Jackson wasn’t just about his message of positivity, nor his explosive dance moves — he was a cultural phenomenon. So, too, were the famous items of clothing he wore on stage. No image of the “Smooth Criminal” hitmaker would be complete without his sparkly suits, hats, or that legendary glove.
As befits a man who is still known as the King of Pop, Jackson was actually buried with some items to keep him Moonwalking forever on that eternal stage, glove included (per Reuters). La Toya Jackson revealed in a September 2009 interview for “20/20,” that her brother was buried with one of his white gloves, sunglasses, and with his makeup immaculately applied. He was dressed in “a beautiful big gold belt” and “all white pearl beads going across,” his sister added.
MICHAEL JACKSON WAS BURIED WITH ITEMS ESSENTIAL TO HIS IMAGE
Michael Jackson’s burial outfit was designed by Michael Bush, who had long created ensembles for him, according to the HuffPost. It was quite the job, too, as Jackson reportedly refused to wear any one item of clothing more than once — in public at least. In 2012, Bush launched the book “The King of Style,” in which he discusses designing Jackson’s ostentatious final costume, among the many other garments he created for the star.
Jackson’s final outfit consists of a white jacket, black pants, and that luxurious golden belt, all festooned with rhinestones, a similar get-up to the one the star sported at 1993’s Grammys. Crucially, Jackson was buried with a white glove, but not wearing it. Per Huffington Post, he had told Bush that should he die, “please don’t put that glove on me. That glove is only for Billie Jean.”
As reported, Jackson’s funeral took place on September 4, 2009, where he was honored in a golden coffin, set against the idyllic backdrop of California’s Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park.