Michael: Antoine Fuqua to Direct Michael Jackson Biopic

Antoine Fuqua has already lined up his next project with the upcoming Michael Jackson biopic.

Titled, Michael, Fuqua will direct based on a script by John Logan. Graham King, the producer behind Bohemian Rhapsody is producing alongside GK Films. Michael Jackson’s estate is attached to co-excutive produce with John Branca and John McClain.

This has long been a passion project for King and Logan, who teamed on the Oscar-nominated Martin Scorsese-directed Howard Hughes film The Aviator and his race to innovate before his mental illness and germophobic obsessions overtook him. Sources tell us that the film will undoubtedly make the most of Jackson’s musical accomplishments and recreation of seminal career highlights beginning with the days he fronted The Jackson 5 as a child to his hitmaking work as the biggest musical star in the world as an adult. But it will also deal squarely deal with the pedophile accusations that dogged his later years up to his death in 2009 at age 50, from cardiac arrest caused by a cocktail of sedatives.

Things are moving fast on Michael. Fuqua is currently finishing The Equalizer 3 with Denzel Washington in Italy, and then he will turn his attention to this one. Production will begin later this year, and we’ve heard that Fuqua will draft his Emancipation and Equalizer 3 cinematographer Robert Richardson to be by his side.

Via Deadline.

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