The upcoming biopic “Michael,” chronicling the life of the iconic Michael Jackson and starring his nephew Jaafar Jackson in the titular role, is slated for a worldwide release. Lionsgate is set to distribute the film in the United States on April 18th, 2025, while Universal is handling the international release.
Production for the film, directed by Antoine Fuqua, is kicking off on January 22nd. Written by John Logan and produced by Graham King of “Bohemian Rhapsody” fame, the film delves into the complex journey of Michael’s life. It explores his rise to the status of the King of Pop, touching on both his personal challenges and his extraordinary musical talent. The film is also produced by the Michael Jackson estate’s co-executors, John Branca and John McClain.
The production boasts an impressive team, including Oscar-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe, production designer Barbara Ling, costume designer Marci Rodgers, choreographers Rich + Tone, Oscar-winning makeup artist Bill Corso, Oscar-nominated hairstylist Carla Farmer, Oscar-winning sound and music supervisor John Warhurst, and VFX supervisor Louis Morin. The team is supported by an extensive crew of over 420 professionals.
Director Fuqua aims to present an unbiased portrayal of Michael’s life, addressing various aspects of his career, including controversies. He intends to depict “the good, bad, and the ugly” aspects of Michael’s life.