Tuesday, May 21, 2024

I Told You a Year Ago About the Michael Jackson Movie, Now It Has a Director


Well, I told you a year ago that a Michael Jackson movie was in the works. It’s separate from the Broadway musical “MJ.”

John Logan wrote the screenplay. Graham King is producing.

Now we know that it has a director in Antoine Fuqua. He’s never directed a musical or a movie with music. It’s not even clear if he’s a distant relative of late R&B great Harvey Fuqua. Antoine makes a lot of gritty movies. So this should be unusual, to say the least.

Here’s the link to last February‘s story.

Doing this kind of movie, a soup to nuts bio, is problematic. Look at current Whitney Houston movie. It’s better to do what the musical did, pick a moment in time. With Michael, everything after the “Thriller” period would be a huge downer on screen. Do we really want to see a movie that includes lawsuits, arrests, trials? And how much of it could possibly be accurate? (Almost nothing.)

We’ll see how this works out.

Roger Friedman
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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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