Mac Miller’s brother, Miller McCormick, was incensed after he learned a new film starring Machine Gun Kelly was named after “Good News,” the later rapper’s first posthumous single.
Directed and written by Tim Sutton, the movie stars MGK as a struggling musician based on the lives of deceased rappers Pop Smoke, Lil Peep, Mac Miller and Juice WRLD, among others. McCormick took his frustration to Instagram on Wednesday (June 30) and begged them to “at least change the title,” a request that evidently didn’t fall on deaf ears.
Not long after the backlash ensued, the producers of Good News issued a statement and vowed to change the film’s name.
“Our film is about a fictional musician on the rise with a troubled life,” the statement explained. “It’s not in any way a biopic or based on any artist’s true life. We realize the title, which was intended as an homage to Mac Miller, and other artists gone too soon, feels disrespectful.
“We’ve heard from many people on social media who have found offense with the title so, without hesitation, we will change it.”
Production on the now-untitled film kicks off on July 8 in Los Angeles. Jib Polhemus will produce alongside Rivulet Media’s film division President, Rob Paris and COO Mike Witherill.
“Colson Baker [Machine Gun Kelly] is that rare talent who is ascending at an incredible pace both in film and music,” Paris said of MGK. “He is exactly the kind of artist that Rivulet Media is looking to partner with and we couldn’t be more excited to support him on both fronts, especially with Tim Sutton’s powerful screenplay and vision, which are custom tailored to Colson’s formidable skills.”