The U.K. Times is reporting Sony Pictures will release a 3D, $60 million Michael Jackson concert film on Oct. 30. The movie will be comprised of rehearsal footage shot during the singer's preparations for his This Is it series of shows in London.
Director Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, Newsies), who was serving as Jackson's "creative partner" for the shows, is supervising the project. Ortega told the paper "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.”
Although I'm sure there will be those who find the whole idea exploitative and somewhat ghoulish - would this movie have ever existed if Jackson hadn't died? - I think a lot of people will be grateful for the opportunity to see what the singer had intended for his supposedly farewell gigs, as well as the opportunity to see him performing one final time.
The DVD is going to sell like gangbusters.