Film On Michael Jackson’s Final Days

July 21, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Posted in celebrities, Life-tips, Lifestyle, Music | Leave a comment
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Sony to release film of Jackson’s final days

By indiaabroad

Sony is to release a movie based on more
than 80 hours of footage filmed during Michael Jackson‘s final days as
he was rehearsing for his comeback concerts in London, trade paper
Variety reported Monday.

Sony is expected to pay over $50 million for the rights to the
footage, which was offered by concert promoter AEG to Hollywood film
studios over the weekend.

The film will include several videos that were shot and meant to be
shown during the concerts, including an alternative version of
Jackson’s most famous video, ‘Thriller‘.

High School Musical‘ director Kenny Ortega, who shot the rehearsal
footage, is expected to become the director of the film, which could be
released before year’s end.

Though Universal, Paramount and 20th Century Fox were also interested
in the footage, Sony had the inside track since the studio owns the
music publishing rights to Jackson’s songs.

The report said that AEG is also selling TV and video rights to the
tribute concert featuring Justin Timberlake and other artists,
scheduled for Aug 29, on what would have been Jackson’s 51st birthday.

The singers will perform the songs that the King of Pop had planned, accompanied by the band that rehearsed with him.

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