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Judge Approves Michael Jackson Movie – October 30th Release Planned


Audiences will get to see the King of Pop perform one more time, after a judge approved a major deal to produce a movie culled from 80 hours of rehearsal footage shot in preparation for the 50 London concerts Jackson was preparing when he died June 25.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff approved the $60 million deal between Michael Jackson’s estate, concert promoter AEG Live and Sony Pictures. He announced the ruling Monday during a hearing where a separate merchandising deal is being considered.

Named after the title of those concerts, which Jackson had vowed would be his last, the movie, This Is It, is scheduled for release on Oct. 30.

The film will open simultaneously nationwide and around the world on that date.

Some sequences will be in 3-D, and new interviews are planned with those who knew and worked with Jackson on the incomplete project.

Recall that negotiations to acquire the footage for theatrical release began in mid-July, roughly three weeks after Jackson’s death, when a bidding war between the major Hollywood studios broke out.

Sony is primed to reap some major profits from this – both in theatrical ticket and DVD sales.

Will you see it?


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