The Sundance Film Festival is famous for the premiere of many films that go on to receive high praise from audiences and critics alike. But Variety just announced that the festival is going to premiere a documentary that focuses on the sexual abuse allegations made against the famous king of pop, Michael Jackson.
The movie’s director, Dan Reed, who also produced the film, focuses on two boys who allegedly had a long lasting relationship with Jackson when they were just seven and ten years old. The two boys who are now in their thirties claim to have been sexually abused by Jackson, with the film exploring how they came to terms with it.
Unsurprisingly, the Jackson estate was not happy with the release of the film, stating “This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.”
The title itself refers to Jackson’s home in Neverland Ranch which was raided in 2003 due to connections of a molestation accusations made against Jackson by a thirteen year old boy. The fourteen criminal counts were later acquitted by jurors in state court. According to Variety, the film will screen in two parts, which will amount to a run time of over four hours, followed by a Q & A by the filmmakers. The festival will launch later this month on the 24th.