Singer Michael Jackson is seen with choreographer and director Kenny Ortega (right) during rehearsals for his upcoming concert in London, at a building near Burbank airport near Los Angeles in this May 6, 2009 file photo. — PHOTO: REUTERS
The studio also announced longtime Jackson collaborator Kenny Ortega is directing This Is It, which offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Jackson preparing for a series of London shows he was rehearsing when he died no June 25.
Mr Ortega had been working with Jackson on the This Is It concert tour, which had been planned as a colossal 50-show engagement at London’s O2 Arena.
His other credits include the High School Musical movies and an upcoming remake ofFootloose.
‘This film is Michael’s gift to his fans,’ Mr Ortega said. ‘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.’
Sony paid US$60 million for rights to the film, which will be drawn from more than 100 hours of footage shot in Los Angeles between April and June as Jackson prepared for the concerts that were to begin in July.
The filmmakers initially intended to include some 3-D footage but have dropped that plan.
The film will show Jackson working with singers, dancers, musicians, choreographers and special-effects experts, Mr Ortega said. — AP