Production begins on Antoine Fuqua’s Michael Jackson biopic

Dion Beebe to serve as DOP

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Lionsgate and Universal Pictures International jointly announce the eagerly awaited start of production on Michael, the Michael Jackson biopic which will begin Principal Photography on January 22nd, 2024, earlier today. Jackson’s nephew Jaafar Jackson will be introduced to worldwide audiences in the starring role of the beloved musical icon.

Lionsgate and Universal Pictures International have slated the worldwide release for April 18th, 2025.

Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer films) will direct the film with Oscar® winner Graham King (Bohemian Rhapsody, The Aviator, The Departed) producing, from a script by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan.

Rounding out this visionary filmmaking collaboration are Oscar®-winning Director of Photography Dion Beebe, Production Designer Barbara Ling, Costume Designer Marci Rodgers, Choreographers Rich + Tone, Oscar®-winning Makeup Artist Bill Corso, Oscar®- nominated Hair Stylist Carla Farmer, Oscar®-winning Sound and Music Supervisor John Warhurst, and VFX Supervisor Louis Morin, joined by a talented crew of more than 420 persons.

Michael will bring audiences a riveting and honest portrayal of the brilliant yet complicated man who became the King of Pop. The film presents his triumphs and tragedies on an epic, cinematic scale — from his human side and personal struggles to his undeniable creative genius, exemplified by his most iconic performances. As never before, audiences will experience an inside look into one of the most influential, trailblazing artists the world has ever known.

King said, “I’m so honored to tell Michael’s story. It’s been a long journey and I’m excited for the film to show audiences around the world a perspective of Michael that they’ve never seen.”

“Michael Jackson was inarguably one of the greatest entertainers of all time,” said Adam Fogelson, Chair of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. “His impact on music, video, art, fashion, culture – and so much more – was extraordinary and is still profoundly relevant. I can’t wait for audiences to be able to see this film in theaters worldwide next year.”

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