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Janet Jackson is getting the Britney Spears treatment, Page Six has learned.
Left/Right TV, the production company behind the blockbuster “Framing Britney Spears” documentary, is working on a documentary about Jackson’s infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, we’re told.
The Spears film shocked audiences when it premiered in February by retracing the steps that her ex Justin Timberlake took to spin a misogynistic narrative about their breakup — with the help of the media — and laying out the disturbing circumstances of the conservatorship that she has been under since 2008.
Timberlake may well find himself playing defense once more with the release of the Jackson doc, as the fallout from her NFL wardrobe malfunction is widely believed to have boosted his career while stunting hers.
A source said, “It’s going to be all about the fallout and the suits who f–ked over Janet [at] Viacom,” the company that owned MTV — which produced the halftime show — and CBS, which broadcast the game.
“They’re reaching out to everyone who was involved: dancers, stylists, directors. Everyone,” said the source.
It’s unclear whether Jackson, 54, or Timberlake, 40, who famously tore off part of the “Rhythm Nation” singer’s top and exposed her breast during the performance, will participate in the film. Insiders told us it’s unlikely that Jackson will support it since she’s working on her own two-part documentary premiering on Lifetime and A&E next year.
“They did the Britney doc without [Spears], and there’s been more interest in the Super Bowl since that documentary premiered and Justin apologized to [both Spears and Jackson recently],” the source said.
Timberlake took center stage in Spears’ doc, as it showed him crafting a story that suggested she had cheated on him and then fueling the rumor with his music video “Cry Me a River.”
After the “New York Times Presents” episode aired, he apologized to Spears, 39, and took the opportunity to apologize for his part in the Jackson debacle too.
“I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns [on social media] and I want to respond. I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right,” he wrote on Instagram. “I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”
Timberlake’s apology reignited interest in the Super Bowl and made it a hot topic again 17 years later. Jackson’s former stylist Wayne Scot Lukas, who designed her costume for the big game and is working on his own book, recently claimed to us that Timberlake had encouraged the wardrobe malfunction to compete with Spears.
“He insisted on doing something bigger than [when Spears kissed Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards]. He wanted a reveal,” Scot Lukas said.
He also took issue with the term “wardrobe malfunction,” which he said Timberlake had coined.
“I wouldn’t call it a wardrobe ‘malfunction’ in a million years. It was the most functioning wardrobe in history. As a stylist, it did what it was intended to do,” the designer said.
Another source familiar with the halftime show blasted Scot Lukas’ account of Timberlake as “not true.”
Timberlake won’t be the only man the Jackson doc will focus on. We’re told the film will also cover disgraced former CBS CEO Les Moonves’ widely reported obsession with ruining her career.
Like the Spears doc, Left/Right is making this movie with the New York Times, and it will air on FX and Hulu as well.
A spokesperson for the New York Times declined to comment. The singers’ reps did not get back to us.
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