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Lifetime’s Unauthorized Michael Jackson Biopic

Lifetime wants to work on a biopic about the late Michael Jackson and they’ve already got a title for it, Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland. The project “centers on the final years of his life as told through the eyes of his trusted bodyguards,” Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, THR reports.

The project hails from exec producer Suzanne de Passe (The Jacksons: An American Dream), who worked with Jackson and the Jackson 5 early in her career as a creative assistant to Motown head Berry Gordy, and is based on the book Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days. De Passe will exec produce with Madison Jones and Robert Teitel (the Barbershop franchise), with Silver Screen (The Craigslist Killer) attached to produce. Elizabeth Hunter (Beauty Shop) wrote the script, and Dianne Houston (Take the Lead, Surviving Compton) is set to direct. Production begins next month in Los Angeles, with the movie set to premiere sometime later this year.

How do you feel about Lifetime’s plans to bring us a more in depth look at the legendary pop star’s final days? Should it be done, or should they just let it be? Where do we draw the line between insight and exploitation?

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