Entertainment Michael Jackson Music Biopic in the Works From ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Producer
The Bee Gees Biopic in the Works at Paramount With 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Producer
Disco is alive and well, as Paramount has purchased the life rights to the family estate of The Bee Gees' Maurice, Robin and Barry Gibb, and the studio in the works on a music biopic based on the band's career, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Paramount purchased the life rights to the Gibb estate on behalf of "Bohemian Rhapsody" producer Graham King and his GK Films. Sister, the new company from Stacey Snider, Elisabeth Murdoch and "Chernobyl" producer Jane Featherstone, is coming aboard as either a co-producer or a co-financier the film, two other individuals of knowledge told TheWrap.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” producerhas struck a deal with the estate for the pop star’s life and music rights, with plans to make a feature film based on both.
King has tapped “Gladiator” and “The Aviator” screenwriter John Logan for the project. The film currently has no studio or distributor attached. The script will not provide a “sanitized” look at the life of Jackson, accused of child sexual abuse in the explosive documentary “Leaving Neverland” this year, according to Deadline Hollywood, which first broke the news.
A spokesperson for King confirmed the project with Variety, but would not comment on whether Logan’s script would include Jackson’s accusers — including choreographer Wade Robson and former child actor James Safechuck, both of whom had documented relationships with the late singer since childhood.
Google AI can tell you how close your voice is to Freddie Mercury's
Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the most well-known rock songs in the western world, and has been watched more than a billion times on YouTube alone. It's likely that pretty much everyone has had at least one crack at aping singer Freddie Mercury's unique vocal delivery. Now, Google, Queen and UMG have teamed up to build the FreddieMeter, an system to determine how close you can get to Mercury's voice. FreddieMeter is a collaboration between the band, Google's Creative Lab and the various record labels involved. It's been designed to analyze a person's voice to see how their pitch, timbre and melody comes in comparison to Mercury's own.
In response to “Leaving Neverland,” which won the Emmy Award for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special this year, the Jackson estate sued HBO for $100 million, saying the subjects had a financial motive to lie, and blasted the WarnerMedia company for not including their rebuttal to the allegations set forth. The Jackson estate also argued that by running the documentary, HBO violated a non-disparagement agreement stemming from a 1992 concert film from Jackson’s “Dangerous” tour. A federal judge granted the Jackson estate rights to move the case to arbitration, which HBO appealed in October.
Jackson died in 2009, and consistently denied accusations of sexual assault and misconduct with children. The four-hour “Leaving Neverland” premiered at January’s Sundance Film Festival and sparked a media sensation. The festival tapped psychologists from Utah State Universityfor any triggered audience members.
Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley are Not on the Same Page for Elvis Biopic
Lisa Marie Presley and Priscilla are at odds about what the focus of the Elvis biopic should be.Priscilla, however, is more excited about the film. She has been given a hands-on role and is very involved with the creative process. "I have been involved with Baz," Priscilla told Us Weekly, "He has come to my home and he has been emailing me. In fact, we’re going to be having another lunch at my home. He’s keeping me on top of everything. It’s been wonderful. He is a genius." Lisa has tried to reach out to Priscilla and warn her not to reveal too many private details, but Priscilla has been giving her the cold shoulder.
Despite the harrowing specifics in the film, Jackson and his legacy have enjoyed continued support in the entertainment industry as opposed to other prominent men accused in movements like Me Too. In August, reports said MTV was considering dropping Jackson’s name from its highest honor, theVideo Vanguard Award. The network made no such change, and Missy Elliott accepted the trophy this year.
The King biopic is not the only project coming featuring his music and backstory, from child stardom in the Jackson 5 to global pop dominance as an adult solo artist. “MJ the Musical” is set for a 2020 Broadway debut and justin the lead role.
King’s long-gestating Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” was released in 2018 to great success. It grossed over $900 million at the worldwide box office and earned Rami Malek an Oscar for his portrayal of the Queen rocker.
Franklin music producer facing multiple counts of child sex charges
Police have arrested a music producer in Franklin on multiple counts of sex charges involving two children. A Williamson County grand jury indicted Samuel Sylvester, 50, with seven counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, seven counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, aggravated sexual battery and two counts of rape by a child. The allegations involve children 12 and 16-years-old. Franklin Police Department officials said they arrested Sylvester Dec. 6 after a client he worked with as a music producer came forward with allegations.
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