After The Equalizer 3 with Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua will direct the biopic on Michael Jackson for Lionsgate.
As he finishes filming The Equalizer 3 with Denzel Washington in Italy, Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) will continue with the direction of the biopic of Michael Jacksonwhich will begin filming at the end of the year.
Indeed, Deadline reports that the director will chronicle the complex life of Michael Jackson pour Lionsgate from a screenplay written by John Logan. Graham King (Bohemian Rhapsody) will be the producer of the film.
The film will look back on the highlights of Jackson’s career, from his childhood debut in the group The Jackson 5 as an adult where he became the biggest musical star in the world. The feature film will also tackle the darker aspects of the artist’s life, in particular the numerous accusations against him, until his death in 2009, at the age of 50.
The media reports that Lionsgatewhich owns the worldwide film rights, is looking for a partner, it is rumored that Sony Pictures could be involved.
Joe Drakepresident of Lionsgate Motion Picture Groupdeclares about the signing ofAntoine Fuqua : ‘Antoine is a shrewd and powerful filmmaker, and we’re very lucky that he chose Michael as his next project. His visionary storytelling skills and commitment to his craft will make Michael an unforgettable film.‘.
The producer Graham King add:Antoine’s films offer personal perspectives of larger-than-life characters that continually captivate global audiences. I am convinced that Antoine will make an exceptional and fascinating film that will celebrate the life of the King of Pop and give it new light.‘
As for the director, Antoine Fuca entrusts : ‘The first films of my career were music videos, and I still feel that the combination of film and music is deeply part of who I am. For me, there is no artist with the power, the charisma and the pure musical genius of Michael Jackson. I was influenced to make music videos by watching his work – the first black artist to air in heavy rotation on MTV. His music and these images are part of my view of the world, and the opportunity to tell his story on screen alongside his music was irresistible.‘