Machine Gun Kelly is set to star in a new movie inspired by the lives and deaths of Mac Miller, Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke and Lil Peep. However, Mac's family and fans are speaking out against the film and its controversial title.
Tim Sutton and Rivulet Media are behind the film, previously titled 'Good News,' which "tells the story of the last days of a rising but troubled musician" played by MGK, per Deadline. Anyone who follows Mac knows his first posthumous single from Jan. 2020 is also called "Good News."
Mac's older brother, Miller McCormick, made his stance on the movie and its players clear via an IG Story: "f**k you. f**k your movie. at least change the title." Miller helped inspire the "Mac Miller" moniker and designed the cover art for beloved projects, like 'Faces' and 'The Divine Feminine.'
Macheads threw shade at MGK for his involvement since it's not approved by Mac's estate and seemingly for-profit. There doesn't appear to be any legit connection to Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke or Lil Peep either, all of whom have active estate teams.
To make matters weirder, MGK once credited Mac with motivating the back-to-basics approach he used while recording his 2019 album, 'Hotel Diablo.' "I was so impressed all the time, by [Mac's] musicality, by his mental, by him as a friend," MGK said. "And that's the ultimate goal for me, is to walk around and have that respect and to not have all this extra stuff follow me."
After Mac's passing in Sept. 2018, MGK even appeared in a Complex tribute where he spoke about their friendship.
About 2 years ago, the Pittsburgh rapper's family shut down a "definitive" documentary from a director named CJ Wallis. "We immediately complied as the last thing we'd want is to negatively impact anyone involved, quite the opposite," he wrote.
More recently, they disavowed an upcoming book, 'Most Dope: The Extraordinary Life of Mac Miller,' written by Paul Cantor. There is a real ode available for pre-order on Amazon called 'The Book of Mac,' penned by Donna-Claire Chesman, releasing on Oct. 26th.
For those eager for fresh Mac content ahead of this fall, Ty Dolla $ign and OVO Sound duo dvsn just dropped a joint single, "I Believed It," featuring an unheard verse from Malcolm himself.
It's his first – and maybe only – musical release of 2021.