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The Guy Who Produced 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Working on a Michael Jackson Film: What Could Go Wrong?!

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | November 22, 2019 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | November 22, 2019 |


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Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the worst films I have ever seen: An ineptly made piece of historical bullsh*t that was clearly cut together by a band’s estate looking to boost some egos and kick down a beloved figure who is no longer here to defend himself. If you thought being a heinous piece of cinema was bad enough, try making it morally reprehensible too! Alas, the movie won four Oscars — including for editing… EDITING — and made over $900 million worldwide, meaning we will inevitably see more of these historically smudged hagiographies designed solely to secure legacies and make money from album sales.

Graham King, the producer of that turd, has his sights on an even bigger musical star: Michael Jackson.

Yup, I see no problems here.

Deadline reports that King has secured the rights to the film and has full approval from the Jackson estate. Oscar-nominated writer John Logan will write the script, mostly because I’m assuming Anthony McCarten’s phone was disconnected or something.

While the article claims ‘the film isn’t intended to be a sanitized rendering of Jackson’s life’, it’s kind of hard to see how it won’t end up like that if the estate is involved and presumably had a say so. Will this film dive into the many very legitimate accusations of sexual abuse of children leveled against him, or will it skip past them with a montage? Even worse, perhaps they’ll show the scenes and depict Jackson as a poor bullied multi-millionaire being fleeced by evil parents for money. ‘Yikes’ doesn’t cover it.

When it comes to Michael Jackson, our world and popular culture has already made it abundantly clear that the man is untouchable, regardless of the accusations made against him. Death is the ultimate whitewash and few celebrities benefitted from it more than Jackson. People just want to be able to listen to ‘Thriller’ without feeling guilty, and the world has worked very hard to ensure that happened. It continues to do so. We all knew. We just didn’t care. The music was more important.

Shout out to Bilge Ebiri for the mic-drop response to this news.



Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.


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