Columbia Pictures may push forward with plans to release a film based on footage from the late Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ Tour rehearsals. Approved by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, the tour rehearsals and other related footage are now greenlit for sale and distribution. As previously reported on Singersroom, the multi-million dollar deal allows Columbia Pictures to distribute the footage, which includes rehearsals and preparation related coverage of the King of Pop, as early as November. Both AEG Live and the Jackson Estate will earn funds from the unprecedented deal. According to AEG Live, more than 100 hours of footage exists, including videos prepared for display during the “This is It” shows. Sources say a clause in the deal requires a pre-screening for the Jackson estate before release. The film may not place Jackson in a negative light either. A final cut is due by late October however, a release date has not been set.
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