What we have here is more than just a little bit of a good news/bad news situation. It's more like a fascinating news/unsurprising news/extremely questionable news situation. Per Deadline, a Michael Jackson biopic film is in the works, which was fairly inevitable. Here's where it gets interesting: John Logan, the screenwriter behind The Aviator, Penny Dreadful, and Gladiator, is writing the screenplay, which will examine the life of the controversial late pop icon – and will (allegedly) not ignore the more troubled aspects of that life. That's easy enough to believe with Logan working on the screenplay, but then the news takes the aforementioned questionable turn.
Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King has secured the rights to Jackson's music catalog from the singer's estate, implying some level of cooperation with or oversight from said estate – an estate that is currently embroiled in a $100 million lawsuit with HBO over the devastating documentary series Leaving Neverland, in which Wade Robson and James Safechuck reveal heartbreaking allegations of the extensive sexual abuse they endured at the hands of Jackson for years during their repsective childhoods. While Deadline claims that Jackson's estate is not involved in the development of Logan's screenplay, it wouldn't be unreasonable to speculate that the estate wouldn't cut a deal with King without certain assurances in place, particularly given their letigious refutation of the claims made by Robson, Safechuck, and others.
A Michael Jackson biopic would certainly be interesting, but it seems doubtful that this one will offer an unflinching look at the former King of Pop, warts and all. Besides, Atlanta already gave us the best MJ biopic and you know it.