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Michael Jackson's family pitching a biopic around Hollywood

11.16.2011

It look a little longer than I thought it would, but the Michael Jackson estate has formally begun shopping around the rights to the late singer's life story, meeting earlier this week with producer Ivan Reitman. A Michael Jackson biopic is something of a no-brainer - just look at RAY and WALK THE LINE for some quick examples on how Hollywood loves a good troubled-but-successful-artist story and Jackson's life is full of troubled times - but it looks like the estate and family may be putting some restrictions on what can be included.

Variety reports that the project could only cover "certain periods" of the singer's life. That may mean they'd look to exclude any of the child sexual abuse allegations that plagued the later years of his life, which would just be trying to ignore the 600 lb. elephant in the room. I mean, like it or not, that's what a lot of people still associate with the singer and if you're doing a biopic, it certainly needs to be addressed.

It will also be interesting to see how the film approaches the alleged physical abuse Michael claimed to have been a victim to as a child at the hands of his father (who's still alive, refutes the charges and is very likely involved with his late son's estate).

I'm also slightly surprised that the Jackson estate's first stop is to producer Ivan Reitman. Reitman and his Montecito Pictures have released HOTEL FOR DOGS, NO STRINGS ATTACHED and TRAILER PARK BOYS: THE MOVIE. Not exactly big-time dramatic fare. (Full disclosure: they did produce UP IN THE AIR but only because Reitman's son Jason directed that film.) Maybe a Scott Rudin type would be better for this sort of thing?

So how exactly would you frame a Michael Jackson movie? It'd almost have to be a trilogy at this point, no?...

Source: Variety

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7:02AM on 11/17/2011

who would play him?

It doesnt matter if he's black or white
It doesnt matter if he's black or white
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7:24PM on 11/16/2011
maybe Robert Downey Jr could play MJ. he did the white man black man thing in tropic thunder
maybe Robert Downey Jr could play MJ. he did the white man black man thing in tropic thunder
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3:15PM on 11/16/2011

They Already Did A Jackson Film...

....TWICE.
....TWICE.
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2:47PM on 11/16/2011
I don't see this happening because IMHO MJ's legacy is just too great to capture on film (yes I'm a fan) and as the article suggested this would definitely have to be a trilogy or a painfully 3hr long spectacular IF someone can pull it off.
I can see this movie working out like this: MJ as a kid growing up 6-8 years (talent discovery); MJ as teen 15-18years (from Jackson 5 to The Jacksons) MJ the solo artist (from off the wall to present)
As for the actor(s); MJ as a kid - some black kid who
I don't see this happening because IMHO MJ's legacy is just too great to capture on film (yes I'm a fan) and as the article suggested this would definitely have to be a trilogy or a painfully 3hr long spectacular IF someone can pull it off.
I can see this movie working out like this: MJ as a kid growing up 6-8 years (talent discovery); MJ as teen 15-18years (from Jackson 5 to The Jacksons) MJ the solo artist (from off the wall to present)
As for the actor(s); MJ as a kid - some black kid who can dance; MJ as teen - some light skinned guy who can dance (and/or stunt double[s]); MJ the solo artist (same light skinned guy with special make-up fx, too bad Stan Winston isn't around anymore coz I can't think of anyone else who can match up to his level of genius for something like this. Then for the "white" years, possibly the same guy with CGI rendering Ala, Benjamin Button type visual fx.
For the singing stunts maybe Peter Andre could be dubbed on the soundtrack with obviously a few original MJ tracks here and there.
There you have it! If Clint Eastwood isn't too busy maybe he take it up...But then again he did say something like, when he makes movies he doesn't necessarily target the 'MTV crowd', :D
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12:33PM on 11/16/2011
Would they cast a white guy or a black guy ?
Would they cast a white guy or a black guy ?
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12:20PM on 11/16/2011
Also, there was a fairly in depth and impressively cast made-for-t.v. epic produced in the mid-90's that covered a ton of Jacksons life. If I need a bullshit version of MJ, I can check that out on VH1 once a year.
Also, there was a fairly in depth and impressively cast made-for-t.v. epic produced in the mid-90's that covered a ton of Jacksons life. If I need a bullshit version of MJ, I can check that out on VH1 once a year.
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12:15PM on 11/16/2011
Any film being pitched by the Jackson clan has "cash in" written all over it, plus the fact that it'll be, no pun intended, completely white washed to exclude, tone down or re-write all the less savory aspects of MJ's life and I ask: What's the fucking point?
Any film being pitched by the Jackson clan has "cash in" written all over it, plus the fact that it'll be, no pun intended, completely white washed to exclude, tone down or re-write all the less savory aspects of MJ's life and I ask: What's the fucking point?
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12:13PM on 11/16/2011
I'm not in favor of this at the moment. It could be made to be great, but it's controversial in a bad way.

I've never known what to make of the later years and all the child stuff, because on the one hand, he was with little boys, irrefutably, but how he was with them never seemed clarified.

Now-imprisoned Hollywood detective Anthony Pellicano aid in a Newsweek interview he quit working for Jackson not because he was a child molester, but because he did "something worse."
I'm not in favor of this at the moment. It could be made to be great, but it's controversial in a bad way.

I've never known what to make of the later years and all the child stuff, because on the one hand, he was with little boys, irrefutably, but how he was with them never seemed clarified.

Now-imprisoned Hollywood detective Anthony Pellicano aid in a Newsweek interview he quit working for Jackson not because he was a child molester, but because he did "something worse."
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11:41AM on 11/16/2011
What always made me laugh about the Jackson American Dream biopic was that their mother had no problem with her husband viciously beating their kids to performance perfection, but the second he cheats on her she is like WAIT A DAMN MINUTE! YOU ARE A TERRIBLE HUSBAND AND FATHER!
What always made me laugh about the Jackson American Dream biopic was that their mother had no problem with her husband viciously beating their kids to performance perfection, but the second he cheats on her she is like WAIT A DAMN MINUTE! YOU ARE A TERRIBLE HUSBAND AND FATHER!
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11:34AM on 11/16/2011
The Jackson family are trying to milk the MJ thing dry aren't they?
The Jackson family are trying to milk the MJ thing dry aren't they?
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11:11AM on 11/16/2011
If they do Let them make a movie off that Chomo, they need to take all the profits and give it to sexually abused children. Best thing about MJ is that he's dead now. I don't care how amazing your singing and dancing abilities are. you molest children, you don't deserve to hide behind a censored biopic.
If they do Let them make a movie off that Chomo, they need to take all the profits and give it to sexually abused children. Best thing about MJ is that he's dead now. I don't care how amazing your singing and dancing abilities are. you molest children, you don't deserve to hide behind a censored biopic.
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10:58AM on 11/16/2011
Oh yeah, this family really loved their son. Put him through years of abuse as a child, leech off him when he becomes a star, then abandon him when the public thinks he's a joke, only to swoop in after his death and suck his legacy dry. I really hope someone puts this family in it's place cause they deserve to be punished.
Oh yeah, this family really loved their son. Put him through years of abuse as a child, leech off him when he becomes a star, then abandon him when the public thinks he's a joke, only to swoop in after his death and suck his legacy dry. I really hope someone puts this family in it's place cause they deserve to be punished.
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10:18AM on 11/16/2011

Save biopics for people who weren't in the spotlight

He was a character on his own that no one will ever be able to capture that on screen. Secondly, he lived his entire life in the public eye, nothing was a secret, so what are we going to told that we don't already know?
He was a character on his own that no one will ever be able to capture that on screen. Secondly, he lived his entire life in the public eye, nothing was a secret, so what are we going to told that we don't already know?
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10:24AM on 11/16/2011
It's nothing but a cash grab for his scumbag family.
It's nothing but a cash grab for his scumbag family.
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10:10AM on 11/16/2011
It's funny how the Jacksons only "came to his defense" after he died.
It's funny how the Jacksons only "came to his defense" after he died.
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9:46AM on 11/16/2011
Bunch of fucking scumbags that family.
Bunch of fucking scumbags that family.
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9:27AM on 11/16/2011
squeeze that fuckin lemon till its bone dry. you will never find any person capable of playing Michael Jackson dont try just let the people who loved MJ remember things how they were,no matter how strange
squeeze that fuckin lemon till its bone dry. you will never find any person capable of playing Michael Jackson dont try just let the people who loved MJ remember things how they were,no matter how strange
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