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Is there an actor out there working right now who’s capable of playing The King of Pop? Would an up-and-coming talent be crazy to try? We’re about to find out, as Variety says that the estate of the late Michael Jackson reportedly wants to mount a full-scale biopic now that the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray has come to a close.
John Branca, executor of the Jackson estate, allegedly has approached director Ivan Reitman and his Montecito Picture Company about the possibility of putting MJ’s life on screen. The trade elaborates that the film would “only cover certain periods of the late singer’s life,” but that raises more questions that answers. Will it go all the way back to the Jackson 5 era, with a pre-teen Michael belting out Motown hits in angelic falsetto? Will it focus on the pop singer’s Golden Era of Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982) and Bad (1987)? And how late in the singer’s life will it go?
I also wonder if a filmmaker would tackle a straight-up biopic or attempt a roundabout approach to the artist’s life, as Todd Haynes did for Bob Dylan with I’m Not There. That could be an extremely creative way of capturing a vastly accomplished existence.
But Variety says talks are in the early stages, so we have plenty of time to discuss. In the meantime, there’s Kenny Ortega’s brilliant concert documentary This Is It to keep Jackson fans entertained. And it you really need a laugh, check out the betting odds – released by Paddy Power – on who will play Jackson on screen. The leading choice? Johnny Depp. But if he wins the role, he will have beaten out the likes of Justin Bieber, Zac Efron, Usher, Jaden Smith, Crispin Glover (!!) and Jared Leto. Amazing!