Michael Jackson was known for several things during his life. He was known for his unique style, dancing and his often bizarre personal life. For people who want to tell the story of Jackson's life, there is a lot of material to work with.
But, above all else, the story of Michael Jackson's life is the story of his music.
It is difficult to think about him without at least one of his songs running through your head. Both Lifetime and Netflix will release films about Michael Jackson soon. However, as TMZ reports in "Michael Jackson Estate Hey Lifetime & Netflix ... Make Your Movies, Just No MJ Tunes," they better hope they did not include any of his music in the films
Neither movie has been authorized by Michael Jackson's estate. That means the filmmakers do not have permission to use Jackson's image, likeness or his music.
The estate is expected to watch the films carefully, to see if they contain any unauthorized content. If they do, a lawsuit is expected.
It is not certain why the networks did not get permission to use Jackson's music. It is likely the result of the estate wanting too much money and the networks not wanting to give editorial control to the estate over the contents of the films.
This shows how difficult it can be to make movies about the lives of famous people. Filmmakers have to be very careful when it comes to the material they use or they must agree to only tell the story that the celebrity's estate wants to be told.
Reference: TMZ (May 22, 2017) "Michael Jackson Estate Hey Lifetime & Netflix ... Make Your Movies, Just No MJ Tunes."