The article goes on to say that the musical will be based on the play For the Love of a Glove: An Unauthorised Musical Fable About the Life of Michael Jackson, as Told by His Glove, which has been written by Julien Nitzberg.
Described as “a fresh, revisionist look at the strange forces that shaped Jackson and the scandals that bedeviled him” the musical will debut in LA next January.
Nitzberg proposed a solution: “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 gets crazier, as the play’s real-life actors will perform alongside life-size puppets representing a number of figures from Jackson’s life. The Jackson 5, Donny Osmond, Emmanuel Lewis, Corey Feldman, and even Bubbles the Chimp will all be represented in felt.
The playwright turned down the TV network’s offer and decided to write the idea for the stage.
While looking to secure financing for the now-musical, Nitzberg aligned with Depp’s Infinitum Nihil production company; Nitzberg previously penned an unmade Tiny Tim biopic for Depp’s company.
It is the latest project about the late pop star to enter production. Earlier this week, it was reported that Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King had acquired the rights to make a film about Jackson, which is said to span his life from child star to death.
For the Love of a Glove opens on 25 January at the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan theatre in Los Angeles.