HBO is still releasing its Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland.
Amid an unsubstantiated report that the network might not air the controversial doc due to threats from Jackson's estate lawyer Howard Weitzman, HBO has set a premiere date for the film. The first part of the four hour film will air on Sunday, March 3, with the second part following on Monday, March 4.
From the Television Critics Association press tour stage, HBO's executive vp of corporate communications called the documentary "incredibly powerful." The film follows two adult accusers — Wade Robson and James Safechuck — as they recount their abuse by the pop icon.
After Leaving Neverland's debut at Sundance in January, Jackson's estate called the film "a tabloid character assassination" and insisted it "isn't a documentary," while his family called director Dan Reed and the film's two accusers "opportunists."