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October 2009: Michael Jackson’s “This Is It,” to be Presented In Theaters Around The World

UPDATE  >>> 10/28/2009  Reviews: Michael Jackson’s This Is It


-Film Drawn From Legendary Entertainer’s Last Rehearsals and
Behind-The-Scenes Footage Will Be Released October 30th in High
Definition with Digital Sound-

CULVER CITY, Calif., August 10, 2009 – Beginning October 30th, the
world will have a front-row seat for Michael Jackson’s final concert,
as Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment release
Michael Jackson’s This Is It.

This Is It is being produced with the full support of The Estate of
Michael Jackson and will be drawn from hundreds of hours of rehearsal
and behind-the-scenes footage, captured in high definition with
state-of-the-art digital sound as the late singer was preparing for his
concert series in London. The film, which will also offer select
sequences in 3-D, will provide a unique career retrospective and
feature interviews with some of Jackson’s closest friends and creative

The announcement was made by Michael Lynton, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amy Pascal,
Co-Chairman of the studio, Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, Chief Executive Officer
of Sony Music Entertainment, and Rob Stringer, Chairman of
Columbia/Epic Label Group, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment.
The companies serve as the principal entertainment divisions of Sony

Joining Sony in the announcement was The Estate of Michael Jackson,
administered by his longtime attorney John Branca and veteran music
executive John McClain, a Jackson family friend for more than 40 years.
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.

The rights to the exclusive footage were acquired from AEG Live and
The Estate of Michael Jackson. Sony Pictures and Sony Music will
co-produce with AEG Live and the Estate, and Sony Pictures will
distribute the film worldwide. Randy Phillips and Paul Gongaware of AEG
Live will serve as producers of the film.

The majority of the film’s footage was shot in June, 2009 at STAPLES
Center in Los Angeles, California, and The Forum in Inglewood,
California, as Jackson prepared for "This Is It," the series of fifty
concerts Jackson planned to present at the O2 Arena in London.

This Is It will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a
rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer, his career, and the
stage spectacular that would have been. The film will provide
moviegoers with an unforgettable front row experience compiled from
extensive footage that shows Jackson’s meticulous preparation for his
2009 London shows.

Said Branca, "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

Said McClain, "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

"People who have seen this footage are astounded by the amazing
quality of Michael Jackson’s performance," said Lynton. "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."

"Michael lives on through his songs, his creative genius, his body
of work and his passion for his art," said Rob Stringer. "He was a
perfectionist on stage and through this unique film, audiences will be
able to see, many for the first time, how much Michael poured into
making his performances as special as they were perfect."

Said Kenny Ortega, director of and Jackson’s creative partner on the
This Is It concert, "The world will see what our team was so fortunate
to experience, which was the full commitment, passion and creativity
that Michael put into this project. He was the architect of This Is It,
and we were his builders. The footage that was captured from the early
stages of the production to our technical rehearsals at the STAPLES
Center in L.A. will show Michael as he truly was, creatively involved
with every aspect of the production, from the staging and choreography,
to the music, lighting, production design and conception of the
original short films and video backdrops. It will also show Michael as
one of the greatest entertainers in the world and one of the industry’s
most creative minds. This Is It was Michael’s last theatrical work and
although it was still a work in progress, I think the footage will show
that the process was something that Michael deeply enjoyed and that it
was clear that he was on his way to another theatrical triumph."

In the coming weeks, additional information about the film will be available at

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