The disapproval of Michael, the biopic directed by Antoine Fuqua in the making, comes in particular from Dan Reed, the author of the documentary Leaving Neverland, who told the story of the alleged sexual abuse by the singer denounced by Wade Robson and James Safechuck when they were children.
Michael is the highly anticipated biopic on the life of Michael Jackson which is currently in the works. Produced by Lionsgate and directed by Antoine Fuqua with the participation of Jaafar, the nephew of the singer in the lead role, the film has already ended up at the center of a media case even before having seen the light.
Michael Jackson movie raises $120 million for California
With over $21 million in tax credits, Michael it is among the works that have unlocked the highest credits ever by the State of California. Previously, the US state opened credits amounting to 22.3 million of dollars for Bumblebee, 21.8 million For Space Jam 2$21.4 million for Top Gun: Maverick, among the most noteworthy. The prediction, at the moment, is that the biopic on Michael Jackson could generate more $120 million in state spendingwith one of the highest tax credits in the past 14 years.
The biopic is already at the center of controversy
Even before it sees the light of day, the film has been engulfed in controversy. The disapproval especially comes from Dan Reedthe author of the documentary Leaving Neverlandwho told the story of the alleged sexual abuse by the singer denounced by Wade Robson and James Safechuck when they were children. According to Reed, who lashed out in an open letter published in The Guardian, the new film “he will glorify a man who raped children”. This is why, in his opinion, cinematographic products that continue to idolize the myth would be deviant from the battle waged alongside his documentary, which has opened debates and controversies over the years.
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What the utter absence of outrage accompanying this film’s announcement tells us is that Jackson’s seduction is still a living one, operating from beyond the grave. It seems the press, his fans, and the vast older demographic who grew up loving Jackson are willing to put his unhealthy relationship with children aside and just settle for music.