February 8, 2023

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Antoine Fuqua to direct Michael Jackson biopic in Lynage

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Director Antoine Fuqua will direct the upcoming biopic film “Michael” based on the life of Michael Jackson for Lionsgate, which will distribute the film worldwide.

Set to begin principal photography in 2023, the movie will be produced by Graham King, Oscar winner for “The Departed” (2006) and three-time nominee for “The Aviator” (2004), “Hugo” (2011) and “Bohemian Rhapsody” ( 2018), which won four Oscars, including Best Actor for Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury.

Written by “Skyfall” writer John Logan, “Michael” gives audiences a never-before-told and in-depth look at the Grammy-winning singer who became the King of Pop. The film will explore all aspects of Michael’s life, including his most iconic performances that made him one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Logan collected three Oscar nominations for “Gladiator” (2000), “The Aviator” and “Hugo.”

“Antoine is a perceptive and powerful filmmaker, and we feel very fortunate that he has chosen Michael as his next project. His visionary storytelling skills and commitment to his craft will make Michael an unforgettable film,” said Joe Drake, Lionsgate Motion Pictures. Chair of the group.

“The first films in my career were music videos, and I still feel that combining film and music is a deep part of who I am,” says Fuqua. “For me, there is no other artist with the energy, charisma and sheer musical talent of Michael Jackson. I was inspired to make music videos by watching his work – the first black artist to be featured in heavy rotation on MTV. His music and those images are part of my worldview, and his music. Also the opportunity to tell his story on screen was irresistible.”

King added: “Antoine’s films offer personal perspectives on larger-than-life characters that continue to captivate global audiences.”

Fuka’s previous directorial credits include “Training Day” (2001), which earned star Denzel Washington the Best Actor statuette, “The Magnificent Seven” (2016), “The Guilty” (2021) and most recently “Deliverance.”

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