Bohemian Rhapsody producer working on Michael Jackson biopic
Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King has secured the rights from Michael Jackson's estate to create a new biopic of the singer's life, according to a report from Deadline. King's production company GK films, who were behind the recent Freddie Mercury / Queen biopic, are now understood to be working on a couple of new films in a similar vein to their recent hit, including an upcoming film about the Bee Gees which is reported to be in the early stages of development.
While there have been numerous documentaries covering Jackson in recent years, from Spike Lee's 2016 film covering his 1979 solo breakthrough album Off the Wall to Dan Reed's recent investigation into historic claims of child abuse in Leaving Neverland, King's upcoming film is set to be the first biopic of Jackson's life authorised by his estate.
Despite being given the green light by the Jackson family, Deadline's report states that King does not intend to create a sanitised version of Jackson's story, and has reportedly hired Oscar-winning screenwriter John Logan to pen the screenplay. The pair are no strangers to making films about controversial figures, having previously worked together on The Aviator, Martin Scorsese's film about the life of Howard Hughes. Logan's previous credits include screenplays for James Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, as well as another Scorsese project, Hugo, and Tim Burton's adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
The project is understood to be in the very early stages and as yet there is no studio attached to the project.