Following the airing of an Urban Myths episode that showed Michael Jackson being portrayed by Joseph Fieness (a white man), the Sky Arts channel announced its cancelation.
According to National Public Radio (NPR) the cancellation was a result of dissatisfaction and complaints from Jackson’s family and the public at large.
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“We have taken the decision not to broadcast ‘Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,’ a half-hour episode from the Sky Arts ‘Urban Myths’ series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family,” the company said in a statement.
“We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offence. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision.”
The comedy, which is was meant to be 30-minutes long, was going to tell the story of how Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando fled New York City for Ohio together and took a road trip in a rental car in the wake of 9/11.
When Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon was announced, the public was sceptical about Fieness portraying Jackson who is a black icon. Despite criticism, Joseph insisted that he was fit and the right candidate for this role.
Although the comedy has been axed, Lifetime has announced that it’s working on its own biopic on the late King of Pop called “Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland”.
Based on a 2014 book from two of Michael’s personal bodyguards, the biopic will give us a glipmse into Jackson’s final years.
The film is currently in preproduction and will begin shooting next month, the LA Times reports.
Additional reporting: Lifetime, NPR