Jackson's Plans To Remake Cagney Classic Revealed
Michael Jackson's child abuse scandals wrecked plans to turn him into a movie star, according to close pal and Hollywood mogul RUSTY LEMORANDE.
The Yentl producer has revealed two major motion pictures, starring the late King of Pop, were shelved when he was first accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy back in 1993.
He claims Jackson was desperate to make his mark on the big screen, after appearing in The Wiz and 1986 short Captain EO - and the pair was planning a remake of James Cagney movie Angels with Dirty Faces and a reworking of 1964 Tony Randall film The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao.
Pre-production had begun on both films when the scandal broke.
Lemorande tells BlogTalkRadio.com, "Michael loved both projects. One was set up at Warners and the other was set up at Turner, who owned the remake rights. Everything was going great, fantastic! And then the first scandal hit.
Jackson paid off the alleged victim, who agreed to drop his suit against Jackson, but investors were scared off and the projects were axed.
Lemorande adds, "The truth of the matter is, very simply - and in fairness to Hollywood and the big studios - they have huge investment obligations to their shareholders. So they got very nervous. They didn’t know if the audience would still be there for Michael.
"Suddenly, nobody wanted to touch him… It was quite sad that it never happened, because it was very important for Michael to be in movies.
"He used to talk about Elvis Presley’s career and say, ‘If Elvis hadn’t made all those films, he wouldn’t be as remembered as he was.’"