King was one of the main producers on the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and it clearly seems like he's trying to capture the same magic here. While this film didn't please everyone, it grossed an impressive $910 million worldwide, making it one of the biggest non-franchise films in history. And given that Michael Jackson is among the most popular artists of all time, we can only imagine the potential that exists here.
It's true that the story is difficult to navigate. Jackson's life was full of ugly corners, from his childhood to later in life when he was accused of criminally inappropriate behavior with children, much of which was covered in the 2019 documentary “Leaving Neverland.” The question is: will director Antoine Fuqua embrace the singer's entire story? Or will the project have a rosier tone? Fuqua, in turn, had this to say about it:
“We have assembled an incredible team of artists for this project – hair and makeup, costumes, photography, choreography, lighting, everything – and some who knew and worked with Michael are reuniting for this film. But most importantly, it is Jaafar who embodies Michael. … This goes beyond physical similarity. It is Michael's spirit that shines through in a magical way. You have to experience it to believe it.”
Lionsgate and Universal Pictures are set to release “Michael” in theaters on April 18, 2025.