Michael Jackson. Great singer, incredible dancer, questionable personal life. Let's forego the damning allegations and focus instead on dangling babies out of windows and marrying Elvis's daughter. He was, to put it kindly, a very interesting guy. A biopic was bound to happen sooner or later. Michael Jackson's estate has decided on the "sooner" option.
Variety reports that John Branca, the executor of Michael Jackson's estate, is in talks with a certain filmmaker's production company to develop a film about the life of the King of Pop. Guess which filmmaker. No, really, go ahead. Guess. Is it Taylor Hackford, who turn the life story of Ray Charles into an Oscar-winning (if overlong) drama? No, no, that would be too easy. What about Spike Lee, who would probably have a very interesting take on one of the most prominent black figures in pop culture history? Of course not. Too controversial. Martin Scorsese? After all, he did direct Michael Jackson's second-greatest music video, "Bad." Eh… No.
No, they're talking to Ivan Reitman.
The guy who directed My Super Ex-Girlfriend. And Six Days, Seven Nights. And Junior. And, in all fairness, some comedy classics like Ghosbusters, Meatballs and Dave.
Probably wouldn't have been our first choice. In all seriousness though, Reitman's production company, Montecito, has produced classier pictures than those, including Up in the Air, Chloe and I Love You, Man.
There's no official deal in place, and little is known about what take the film would have on Jackson's story, aside from that it "would only cover certain periods of the late singer’s life." We can only imagine which parts would be ignored.
CraveOnline will be back with more Michael Jackson news after we find out who busted up our car. We chased him down, but dude turned into a f**king panther and hopped a fence. Maybe some mysteries are better left unsolved…