Things We Saw Today: Lifetime Greenlit a Michael Jackson Biopic But It Might Not Be That Bad


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After U.K.’s Sky channel pulled their controversial Urban Myths episode following outcry from Michael Jackson’s family, I thought we put a end (at least temporarily) to these projects. It appears that I was wrong. Lifetime just greenlit a two-hour film based on the singer’s finals years and seen through the eyes of his bodyguards. While I remain skeptical of the final product, the cable network seems to be putting a great deal of effort in ensuring that it won’t be a disastor. For one, they’ve enlisted executive producer Suzanne de Passe who worked on the critically acclaimed miniseries, The Jacksons: An American Dream.

The film will be based on the book Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days by Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, and has employed a number of women behind the scenes including screenwriter Elizabeth Hunter (Greenleaf, Charmed, The Fighting Temptations) and director Dianne Houston (who wrote Lifetime’s Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le and the 2006 film Take the Lead).  The big question will be whether or not tribute artist Navi can pull off playing the King of Pop.  I’m gonna go out on a limb and say no.  Judge for yourself here. (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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That’s it on my end. What did you all see?

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