Machine Gun Kelly film as a doomed musician will change its title after the late rapper Mac Miller’s brother made the claims.
The film, which will star rapper-rocker Kelly, who collaborates with Travis Barker and dates Megan Fox, is currently known as The Good News. Its plot is based on several hip artists who have passed away untimely, such as Miller, Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke, and the film’s title, unambiguously based on its subject matter, refers to Miller’s song of the same name, a single from his posthumous album Circles. In 2018, Miller, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick, died of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 26.
However, the film is not a biopic of Mac Miller, but a made-up story inspired by the real-life artiste. Despite this, Miller’s surviving brother, Miller McCormick, seems to disagree with the film’s title, expressing his angry thoughts in an obscene post on social media, as reported by NME. (See a screenshot of the comment below).
“Fuck you, fuck you and your film, at least change the title,” Instagram account @millermccormick wrote on Instagram Story.
In response to this and other criticisms on social media, the production team of Good News, which will begin shooting in Los Angeles next week, agreed to change the title.
“Our film is about a fictional musician on the rise who has a difficult life,” the producers said in a recent statement. “It is in no way a biopic or based on the real life of any artiste.”
Those behind the film stated that they “realised that the title, which was intended as a tribute to Mac Miller and other artists who passed away too soon, seemed disrespectful. We’ve heard from a lot of people on social media who are offended by the name, so without hesitation we’ll change it.”
Machine Gun Kelly, whose real name is Colson Baker, has been developing the popularity of his own music in parallel with his career as an actor for the past couple of years. The musician played Motley Crue band drummer Tommy Lee in the 2019 film Dirt and, along with his girlfriend Fox, starred in Bruce Willis’ Midnight in Switchgrass, which releases later this month.