Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' Worldwide Movie Debut

Longtime fans of the King of Pop will be able to watch Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' movie from the front-row beginning October 30th, thanks to Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment.

The movie will feature behind the scenes footage along with MJ's last rehearsals. Footage is shot in high definition and will also offer 3-D sequences.

Michael Jackson's longtime attorney John Branca said, "Our goal is to work with partners who treat Michael's legacy with dignity and respect, while allowing us to substantially build the value of his estate for the benefit of Mrs. Katherine Jackson, Michael's three children and the charitable causes that meant so much to him during his life. We are confident we found the right partners for this project in Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment. Sony and Michael enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial history together, and it's only fitting that the relationship continues."

Fans who were unable to catch Jackson's London show will hopefully get a chance to watch the film, which features interviews with some of Jackson's closest friends and creative collaborators.

Jackson's family friend of over 40 years said, "This film is not only a tribute to an artist who created excitement every moment he was on stage, but also is a fitting gift to the millions of fans worldwide who loved him and who he devoted his professional life to entertaining. John and I are thrilled to be working with Sony to build on Michael's musical legacy in a way that will generate significant proceeds for his family and for children in need."

"People who have seen this footage are astounded by the amazing quality of Michael Jackson's performance," said Michael Lynton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment. "This historic recording of the last time he sang and danced on stage shows the legendary artist in an incredibly powerful way, with crystal clear images and sound. We understand the importance of producing a film that pays tribute to Michael as an artist, and are honored to work with The Estate of Michael Jackson to give audiences the gift of his final performances. I know this film will serve as further proof that Michael Jackson is one of the greatest entertainers who ever graced a stage."

It is said that the proceeds the Estate earns from the film's release will benefit the Michael Jackson Family Trust, the entity that Mr. Jackson specified in his will is to receive all of his assets.




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