As if 2019 couldn’t get any stranger, Johnny Depp has announced that he will be producing a musical about Michael Jackson’s life from the perspective of his glove. Yes, you read that correctly.
Written by L.A. playwright and filmmaker Julien Nitzberg, ”For the Love of a Glove” follows a group of aliens shaped like bedazzled gloves that crash their spaceship in Gary, Indiana, the town where Jackson and his famous siblings grew up. Eventually, one of the alien gloves, presumably the focal character of this peculiar play, will attach itself to a young Michael Jackson. Over time, the head alien in charge will come to find that he can’t feed all five of his comrades by himself, so he begins bringing young boys home.
Nitzberg explained the bizarre tale to the Rambling Reporter. “It turns out, [the glove] can give people magical musical talent if it drinks their blood and has part of their body inside of it,” he said. ”But it can only feed on virgin boy blood.”
Depp became involved with the project while his production company, Infinitum Nihil and Nitzberg, were working on a biopic that would follow the life of ukulele player Tiny Tim. However, once that project fell through, Nitzberg pitched the glove story to the company, who quickly jumped on board.
Nitzberg was approached by a TV network almost twenty years ago to write a Jackson biopic, which he declined. He did not agree with a Michael Jackson project that refused to candidly address the child abuse allegations that plagued MJ’s career for years. Instead, he chose a lighthearted fictionalized take on the pop star’s life. Johnny Depp, Sam Sarkar, Tony Jones, Leigh Crawford will serve as producers of the show.
Nitzberg says he seeks to fully process and accept all aspects of Jackson’s complicated legacy rather than cancel him altogether, as some have.
“We should be in ‘process culture,’ where we process how fucked up people are and understand what made them that way,” he explained. “I think there’s a collective trauma of everyone who grew up as a Jackson 5 fan and a Michael fan. This is a way to process that in a fun way while helping people understand all of the really fucked up stuff that affected Michael’s life.”
The Jackson estate has not authorized the production, nor have they responded to the interesting take on MJ’s life. The play is set to open at the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Theatre in Los Angeles on January 25.