Michael Jackson’s Estate Planning Feature-Length Biopic
Even in death, Michael Jackson has stayed pretty busy, releasing a concert documentary (2009's 'This Is It') and posthumous album of new material (2010's platinum-selling 'Michael') as well as providing the inspiration for Cirque du Soleil's latest spectacular show, 'Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL.' And if Jackson's estate has its way, those releases will serve as the prelude to a big-screen biopic paying tribute to the King of Pop's legacy.
Variety reports that the Jackson estate has reached out to a production team that includes 'Ghostbusters' director Ivan Reitman. Of course, as with most officially authorized projects of this nature, there's a catch: as Variety puts it, the film would "only cover certain periods of the late singer's life."
Jackson made a number of attempts to cross over into Hollywood, from the Disneyland 3D extravaganza 'Captain EO' to 'Ghosts,' the 40-minute short film he collaborated on with author Stephen King in the '90s, but most of his film forays never materialized quite the way they were supposed to. Done properly, a Jackson biopic could be a huge draw at the box office -- as Variety points out, the stories of Ray Charles (with 'Ray') and Johnny Cash (with 'Walk the Line') have been turned into Oscar-winning films in the last decade.
Of course, part of the appeal of those films lay in their willingness to offer relatively unvarnished accounts of their subjects' lives, and with the Jackson estate steering development of this biopic, it's only natural to wonder which of those "certain periods" of Michael's often controversy-shrouded saga would make it to the screen. What do you think -- would you be interested in heading to the theater to watch a Michael Jackson biopic, even if it glossed over the unpleasant aspects of his life? Hit the comments and let us know!