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By Sharee Silerio

After telling the life stories of music megastars Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston and Aaliyah (which most fans hated), next on Lifetime’s list is a film based on a best-selling book about global icon Michael Jackson.

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The movie, Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland, is based on the book Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days, written by the King of Pop’s trusted bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard.

Told through their eyes, the book “dismantles the tabloid myths once and for all to give Michael Jackson back his humanity” and its purpose is to “show the world who Michael Jackson truly was”.

The world’s number one Michael Jackson tribute artist Navi will star as the beloved singer, songwriter, dancer and performer.

Lifetime says that the movie will “reveal firsthand the devotion Michael Jackson had to his children, and the hidden drama that took place during the last two years of his life.”

A preview of the film was recently released, highlighting the movie’s take on Jackson’s personal struggles and quest for normalcy.

The world premiere of Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland is on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th at 8/7c.

Hopefully the fourth time around is a charm, and this is their best music biopic yet. Based on their track record, this could go either way. Hopefully, the book provided a framework for authentic, believable storytelling. Let’s be hopeful.

What do you think of the preview? Does it look like it will do Michael Jackson justice? Will you be tuning in?
Sharee Silerio is a St. Louis-based freelance writer, Film and TV writer-producer, and blogger. When she isn’t creating content for The Root or The St. Louis American, she enjoys watching drama/sci-fi/comedy movies and TV shows, writing faith and self-love posts for, relaxing with a cup of chai tea, crafting chic DIY event décor, and traveling. Review her freelance portfolio at then connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.