Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Restored for Upcoming Biopic
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As the iconic Neverland Ranch undergoes a remarkable transformation for the anticipated Michael Jackson biopic, titled 'Michael', fans and filmmakers alike are offered a unique glimpse into the pop legend's storied life and legacy.

AceShowbiz - Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, once a thriving theme park and the iconic home of the legendary singer, is undergoing a remarkable restoration as filming for his upcoming biopic "Michael" commences.

The ranch, located near Santa Barbara, California, has been brought back to its former glory, with colorful fairground rides, tents and the iconic red train returning to its grounds. Aerial photos reveal that the amusement park has been meticulously reconstructed, featuring a Ferris wheel, a replica of Jackson's carousel and a hot-air balloon ride.

The restoration is part of the production process for the biopic, which will feature Jackson's nephew, Jaafar Jackson, portraying his late uncle. The film will delve into Jackson's life and career, from his early days as the lead singer of The Jackson 5 to his rise as the King of Pop. It will also address the controversies and allegations that surrounded him, including child abuse claims.

The ranch had fallen into disrepair after Jackson left it in 2003 following a raid by police in connection with child molestation charges. However, billionaire businessman Ron Burkle purchased it in 2020 for $22 million and has invested in its restoration.

"It was kind of a depressing place. It wasn't the beautiful place that it was before. It just needed flowers and life in it again," Burkle said at the time of his purchase.

Filming for the biopic began in January 2024, and extras working as vendors and park attendees were spotted on location. The behind-the-scenes footage and stills from the set have sparked excitement among fans eager to see their idol's story brought to life on the big screen.

The biopic, directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by John Logan, boasts an impressive cast that includes Coleman Domingo as Jackson's father Joe, Nia Long as his mother Katherine, Katerina Graham as Diana Ross, and Miles Teller as John Branca. It is scheduled to be released in April 2025 and is expected to be one of the biggest films of the year.

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