Details about Michael Jackson’s much-anticipated upcoming movie, “This Is It,” have been revealed. The documentary will be released worldwide for a limited, two-week-only engagement beginning October 28, having been moved up two days early by Sony Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment. Tickets go on sale beginning September 27 in most cities.
Drawn from more than 100 hours of rehearsal footage shot from April through June, fans will get a rare portrait and behind-the-scenes look at Jackson, who died on June 25 just three weeks before the start of his sold-out 50-show run at O2 Arena in London, ENG.
“This film is Michael’s gift to his fans,” said Jackson’s longtime choreographer Kenny Ortega, who is also directing the film, in a statement. “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.”
Ortega said that for the first time ever, fans will see Jackson as they have never seen him before.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
Ortega noted, “‘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.”
Randy Phillips, president and CEO of AEG Live, the O2 concerts’ promoter, added: “I have never been partners with a more creative, innovative or groundbreaking entertainer than Michael Jackson. While the concerts would have been the greatest shows in the history of music, our film will provide a historic event for Michael’s fans to see for themselves the genius that he was and the creativity, talent and imagination that the entire cast devoted to create the ‘greatest concert that never happened’.
Additional information about the film will be available at the official Michael Jackson Web site in the coming weeks.