We may finally get an insight on the King of Pop’s life behind the camera.
We’ve all been curious as to what happened to Michael Jackson when he wasn’t on camera and just living his “private life.”
The same day that the UK TV show Urban Myths decided to pull their Michael Jackson inspired episode because of their controversial casting, Lifetime announced that they are prepping their own biopic surrounding the arguably most famous Jackson’s life.
The biopic is tentatively titled Searching for Neverland and will capture the singer’s final years through the eyes of his two personal bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. Lifetime has tapped Navi, the self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Michael Jackson Impersonator,” for the titular role of Jackson, in his acting debut, and The Walking Dead’s Chad L. Coleman will portray Whitfield.
The film will mainly be based off of Whitfield and Beard’s 2014 book Remember the Time: Michael Jackson in His Final Days. The two wrote in depth about protecting Jackson and his family even during the days of moving from city to city in the aftermath of the 2005 sexual abuse charges. The duo remained in his employment until Jackson’s death in 2009.
This isn’t the first time the King of Pop’s life has been portrayed on television. If you’re old enough to remember in 1992— the miniseries, The Jacksons: An American Dream— focused on the beginnings and the rise of the Jackson family. Also, in 2004, VH1 released their own biopic Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story, starring actor Flex Alexander as the King of Pop.
In the past couple of years, biopics have become a specialty of Lifetime’s, although at times, they have proven not to be all that great. For example, Aaliyah and Whitney Houston’s stories weren’t painted in the best light and only showcased a small portion of their lives, which were mainly in the spotlight.
And the stories of Michael Jackson’s life doesn’t stop there: Warner Bros. is also developing their own series about Jackson’s final weeks based on Tavis Smiley’s book, Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days.
Legendary producer Suzanne de Passe, who also worked on the 1992 miniseries, will also serve in the same role with Searching for Neverland.
No premiere date has been set but I bet we’re all wondering the same thing: What does Michael’s daughter, Paris Jackson, think after being so vocal about her disapproval of the Urban Myths episode?
Paris has yet to make a comment on the announcement, but production on the film is set to start next month.
In the meantime, be sure to check out Navi and let us know if you think he has what it takes to take on the role of the Greatest Entertainer of All Time:
Written By: Jnelle Belle