In one of the weirder news stories you will read today, Hollywood star Johnny Depp has been confirmed to be producing a musical based on the life and times of Michael Jackson, as told by his iconic bejewelled glove.
The musical will be based on the Julien Nitzberg play For the Love of Glove: An Unauthorised Musical Fable About the Life of Michael Jackson, as Told by His Glove. A catchy title if ever we’ve heard one.
The play is known as “a fresh, revisionist look at the strange forces that shaped Jackson and the scandals that bedevilled him.” The musical adaptation will arrive in Los Angeles next year.
Nitzberg reportedly was offered a lucrative contract to write a film for a major US television network until they pulled out following child abuse allegations which resurfaced earlier this year. Nitzberg said of the play to Page 6: “A major TV network wanted me to write a [Michael Jackson] movie…but the question came up [about] how to deal with the child-abuse allegations.
“[So] I said, how’s this? Everything MJ has been accused of has actually been caused by his glove, which is actually an alien from outer space [and] feeds on virgin boy blood. They laughed and said, ‘can you do the normal version?’
“It was morally kind of repugnant to me to do,” Nitzberg, who has worked with Depp on previous projects. “I turned down a really big paycheck.” Instead, he has turned his attention to creating a musical stage production with Johnny Depp.