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Michael Jackson gets the Lifetime movie treatment

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Hours after Sky Arts announced that it would not air the controversial Michael Jackson episode of the British series “Urban Myths,” Lifetime has announced that Jackson-related project of his own.

The network announced via a press release on Friday that a Michael Jackson TELEVISION movie is currently in pre-production. The film, which has the working title “Michael Jackson: the Search for Neverland,” is based on the best-selling book “Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Last Days,” and will begin filming in Los Angeles in February.

WATCH: ‘Urban Myths’ Episode With Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson Is Cut Following Play

“In search of Neverland” will tell the story of Jackson’s last days through the eyes of his trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. “The Walking Dead” Chad L. Coleman is released as Whitfield, while Michael Jackson tribute artist Navi plays the King of Pop, in his acting debut.

Suzanne de Passe, Madison Jones and Robert Teitel are executive producing the project, directed by Dianne Houston from a script written by Elizabeth Hunter.

While the Lifetime of the MJ project moves forward, Sky Arts confirmed to ET on Friday that the “Myths” episode on the music icon, with the title “Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,” had officially been cut. The network received overwhelming backlash after the first image of the project, with Joseph Fiennes as Jackson, was released on Tuesday.

WATCH: Marlon & T. J. Jackson Slam, Joseph Fiennes as ‘Offensive’ Michael Jackson Statue: It is a ‘Vile Spot’

“We have decided not to broadcast ‘Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,’ a half-hour episode of the Sky Arts Myths series, in the light of the concerns of Michael Jackson ‘ s immediate family,” Sky Art is the statement to read. “We take a light-hearted look at allegedly real events and never intended to cause any offence. Joseph Fiennes is fully behind our decision.”

Paris Jackson was one of the first of MJ’s family criticized the project, calling Fiennes’ portrait of her late father’s “shameful.”

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