"Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland" - LIFETIME
Among the announcements made during Lifetime network's TCA tour presentation in January was the green-lighting of a film based on the last few years of Michael Jackson’s life, titled "Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland," a story that will be told through the eyes of his bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard, and will also touch on his being a father to sons Prince and Blanket, and daughter Paris.
In the telepic, Jackson is played by Navi, considered the world’s most prominent Michael Jackson impersonator. Meanwhile, Chad L. Coleman plays Bill Whitefield and Sam Adegoke is Javon Beard.
The project is based on the book "Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days," written by Motown head Berry Gordy.
Elizabeth Hunter wrote the script, and Dianne Houston is directing the film.
Suzanne de Passe is executive producer.
Lifetime has set a Memorial Day premiere for the film, and has released a first-look photo (above) as well as a teaser-trailer, which you can watch below.
There's another Michael Jackson film in the works. Dan Harmon (executive producer of the critically acclaimed stop motion feature film "Anomalisa," from Charile Kaufman) will tackle another potential work of surrealism via stop-motion: a Michael Jackson story, but told through the eyes of his famous pet chimpanzee, Bubbles. Harmon acquired the screenplay for "Bubbles," as the film will be titled, penned by Isaac Adamson. Official synopsis: "A baby chimp is adopted by the pop star Michael Jackson. Narrating his own story, Bubbles the Chimp details his life within The King of Pop’s inner circle through the scandals that later rocked Jackson’s life and eventually led to Bubbles’ release."
The script was a Black List top pick – a survey of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays.
Below is a teaser-trailer for Lifetime's "Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland."