Sunday, April 14, 2024

Michael Jackson’s Father Will Release Self-Immortalizing Documentary


Michael Jackson’s charming father, Joe Jackson, won’t stop ’til he gets enough. He’s just announced that he’s released a documentary about himself, come February. “Confessions of a Father: The Words of Joe Jackson” will likely not detail all of Joe Jackson’s business mistakes, his abuse of his children, or the story of his illegitimate daughter. According to the press release, “Confessions” “will offer a fascinating and chilling look at one of the most controversial fathers in show business history.

“Told from Joe Jackson’s unique perspective, the film will cover the Jackson family history from the formation of the Jackson 5 through Michael’s tragic death and the subsequent trial and sentencing of his physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. Principal photography is almost completed and GPA is currently meeting with distributors. The film’s release is planned for 2012, as is the publication of “The Architect,” Joe Jackson’s autobiography from Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster.”

The press release all says Joe will “break his silence.” Has he ever actually been silent?

Yes, that’s right: he’s also “written” a “book.’ It’s unclear if that offering is simply a translation from the German book Jackson “published” a few years ago. Frankly, they’d be better off leaving it in the German.

All of this is told from Joe’s “unique perspective.”

The documentary, they say, is produced by “award winner”  (his words) George Paige, who has mostly credits for re-releasing Jerry Lewis videos. The “director” is someone named Johnny West.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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