Michael Jackson 'This Is It' movie to appear in Australia
In death, Michael Jackson has earned an incredible amount of money in royalties from album sales. He might also be able to conquer the movie world now, with news that Sony Pictures will release a musical film composed from 80 hours of rehearsal footage shot as Jackson practiced in the lead up to the 50 London concerts Jackson was to perform before his death June 25. Named after the title of those concerts, which Jackson had vowed would be his last, the movie This Is It is scheduled for release Oct. 30.
The film is in production and is produced by Kenny Ortega (Disney's High School Musical). He says: “This film is a gift to Michaels fans. As we began assembling the footage for the motion picture we realized we captured something extraordinary, unique and very special. It’s a very private, exclusive look into a creative genius’s world. For the first time ever, fans will see Michael as they have never seen him before – this great artist at work. It is raw, emotional, moving and powerful footage that captures his interactions with the THIS IS IT collaborators that he had personally assembled for this once in a lifetime project.
This film shows a consummate performer working with and guiding singers, dancers, band members, choreographers, special effects creators and countless other creative members of the team as we all assemble this historic concert. I can think of many words to describe Michael as he rehearses for and creates THIS IS IT– inspirational, dynamic, generous, dedicated, loving and the guiding force—you see him as the true architect and driving force of this project – a true master of his craft, the Entertainer of Entertainers. I’m proud of the many years of friendship and creative association I shared with Michael and I’m happy that people will get a chance to see his spirit and drive in action. THIS IS IT may go down as the greatest concert that no one got a chance to see, but with this film, we get a rare portrait of Michael as he prepares for his final curtain call and what I believe was going to be his master work.” Parts of the film will be shown in 3D. We wonder if it will be as good as the 1988 movie "Moonwalker"?