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Michael Jackson Hollywood movie reported in the works

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Michael Jackson's story is headed for Hollywood from the producer who helped make hit film "Bohemian Rhapsody," industry media report.

Deadline, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter said producer Graham King had secured the rights, including music, from Jackson's estate to make a feature film about the life of the"Thriller" singer, whose legacy has been tarnished by allegations of child sex abuse.

The movie is expected to span Jackson's journey from child star to global icon that ended when he died in 2009 at age 50 of an overdose from a powerful sleeping aid just weeks before a planned comeback concert.

Deadline, citing unnamed sources, said the film "isn't intended to be a sanitized rendering" of Jackson's life.

King's production company and the Jackson estate did not immediately return calls for comment.

Jackson was tried and acquitted in 2005 on charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy. In 1994, he settled a sexual abuse civil lawsuit concerning another 13 year-old boy.

His reputation came under scrutiny again this year because of the Emmy-winning documentary "Leaving Neverland" in which two men gave emotional accounts of what they said was sexual abuse by the singer in the 1990s when they were boys.

Jackson's family attacked the documentary and his estate denounced it as a "rehash of dated and discredited allegations."

Despite the publicity, the Jackson estate is backing a new Broadway musical about the singer, due to open in July 2020. A Michael Jackson show "One" from Cirque du Soleil continues to play in Las Vegas, and stage musical "Thriller Live" has been playing in London since 2009.

"Bohemian Rhapsody," a musical biopic about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury who died of AIDS in 1991, won four Oscars this year, including for lead actor Rami Malek. It has taken more than $900 million at the global box office.

Deadline said the script for the Jackson movie will be written by John Logan, whose credits include "The Aviator." No casting, expected release date or movie studio was announced.

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One of the greatest artist ever. Talented, prolific, kind ( massive amount of money he donated to charities). I'm hoping this film will focus that

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Deadline, citing unnamed sources, said the film "isn't intended to be a sanitized rendering" of Jackson's life.

Given that the producer has the cooperation of Jacko's estate, which denounced the doco Leaving Neverland as a "rehash of dated and discredited allegations" the movie is almost certain to be very much a sanitized rendering.

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Everything about this article just feels extremely awkward.

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Some people will just lap this up, but a very few will surely make another small fortune.

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How could Hollywood make a film about this guy? Leaving Neverland destroyed the last shreds of his reputation. The monstrously evil acts he allegedly perpetrated are truly horrific.

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I find it difficult to listen to MJs music anymore. I'm sure the film will be a hit with his base but it feels very sordid that people are going to make a lot of money out of this.

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Will be a hagiography that ignores just how deeply strange he was is my guess.  Hollywood still more focused on making money than recognizing its own deficiencies and the stresses and strains of an image driven celebrity mill.

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Freddie Mercury famously said, with pride, that any movie made about him would be "Triple X" rated. The movie that was made about him by these people came nowhere near Triple X. It mixed up the order of Queen's songs and even gave the impression that Mercury was preyed upon and led astray by predatory gays, the clear baddies in the film.

Michael Jackson was both serially abused and in turn a serial abuser himself. The complicating factor is that he was also one of the greatest singers of all time and probably the greatest and most influential dancer. This means MJ should be absolutely top-drawer material for a film, masses of complexity and contradictions to work with, but I bet all of that is skipped over and we'll just get a parade of hits like the Queen movie.

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No evidence against MJ, he was cleared by courts of law.

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