“Bohemian Rhapsody” producer Graham king has struck a deal with the Michael Jackson estate for the pop star’s life and music rights, with plans to make a feature film based on both. King has tapped “Gladiator” and “The Aviator” screenwriter John Logan for the project. The film currently has no studio or distributor attached. The script will not provide a “sanitized” look at the life of Jackson, accused of child sexual abuse in the explosive documentary “Leaving Neverland” this year, according to Deadline Hollywood, which first broke the news.
A spokesperson for King confirmed the project with Variety, but would not comment on whether Logan’s script would include Jackson’s accusers — including choreographer Wade Robson and former child actor James Safechuck, both of whom had documented relationships with the late singer since childhood. Jackson’s legacy has been thrown into question, though the documentary didn’t tarnish it completely. There have been cultural rejections here and there; radio stations in Canada and New Zealand stopped playing his music, while the creators of The Simpsons shelved a 1991 episode featuring Jackson. It is not currently available to watch on the Disney+ streaming service, which hosts the iconic animated series. In addition, Oprah Winfrey hosted a powerful post show interview with Robson and Safechuck.