Michael Jackson Comedy CANCELED After Controversy

by at .

The life of Michael Jackson will not be part of a U.K. TV series after all. 

Joseph Fiennes was set to take on the role of the musical icon, but the episode will not make the air in the wake of Paris Jackson voicing her displeasure at the project. 

Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson

"We have taken the decision not to broadcast Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, a half-hour episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson's immediate family," said Sky.

"We set out to take a lighthearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offense."

Even Joseph Fiennes agreed with the decision, apparently. 

Paris took to Twitter when the trailer was released and said it made her "want to vomit."

Paris Jackson in a Bathing Suit

he added: "It angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother Liz as well."

The episode was set to debut on Sky Arts on January 19. 

It would have focused on Jackson's road trip with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando after the 9/11 attacks. 

Joseph Fiennes: 'Risen' Photocall

There were reports that it would be a comedy, but it always seemed like a stretch of an idea to adapt to the small screen. 

There was outrage last year when it was announced that a white man had been cast in the role of Jackson. 

Michael Jackson Announces Plans For Summer Residence at O2 Arena in London

It sure seems like a project that was fighting a losing battle from the get-go. All of the controversy paved the way for the project to be shelved. 

The chances of getting to see the project may appear slim, but there's also a chance it could find its way online at some point down the line. 

What do you think about all of this?

Sound off below!

Show Comments
Tags: ,

Michael Jackson Biography

Michael Jackson mug shot
Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, with the best-selling album of all-time and more than a dozen massive hits. After years of physical... More »
Born
Died
Birthplace
Gary, Indiana
Full Name
Michael Joseph Jackson