After Michael Jackson’s incredible life story, his battles with the law, his death and now the Conrad Murray trial, that would make for one insane biopic. But what could you say about his crazy life that would fit into two hours?
According to a report in Variety, the film would only feature certain periods in the late singers life, leaving out some of his more controversial life events. As long as they keep in his weird adoption of a pet monkey named Bubbles, I’ll be satisfied.
The Michael Jackson estate has been in very early negotiations with Montecito Picture Company which is run by producer Tom Pollock and director Ivan Reitman, most famous for directing “Ghostbusters.”
The two teams have yet to ink a deal and are in “early talks” about the project. Currently, the Michael Jackson estate is busy overseeing the Cirque Du Soleil production of “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour.” So they kind of have their hands full.
Montecito Picture Company is an interesting choice to go to for a production company. The company rose to prominence with raunchy comedies like “Old School” and “I Love You, Man.” However, the picture house has become more high-brow in recent years with Ivan’s son Jason Reitman’s film, “Up in the Air.”
Actors that have been in talks to play the part of Michael Jackson include Johnny Depp and Jamie Foxx, however these reports went unconfirmed and in 2009 Johnny Depp once said that he had “never ever thought of playing Michael Jackson in a film.”
After Jamie Fox’s Oscar winning role playing Ray Charles in 2004 film “Ray,” he’s become the go-to guy for playing real-life music idols.
However, it has been suggested in past reports that several actors will play Michael at different stages of his life. That makes the most sense, as how do I put this delicately…Michael’s face has changed a lot over the years. I mean, his nose fell off. Personally, Diana Ross probably makes the most sense to play Michael. Let’s be real, they have the same face.
This new Michael Jackson film is not the same thing as the 2009 film called “This is It.” That film was a documentary that showed all the rehearsal footage and stage design concepts for what would have been Michael’s concert tour he was days away from embarking on before his untimely death. There was also another Michael Jackson documentary out this year called “Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon” directed by David Gest which featured a more glowing look into the life of Jackson. The documentary featured interviews with his family and was Gest’s attempt to rid the stereotype of “Wacko Jacko.”