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Jackson film to get limited release

Aug. 21, 2009 at 11:19 AM   |   Comments

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CULVER CITY, Calif., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The documentary "Michael Jackson: This is It" is to be released exclusively for a limited, two-week engagement worldwide, its producers said Friday.

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment said the film is to open Oct. 28.

Due to the anticipated demand, tickets for the two-week presentation will go on sale in most cities beginning Sept. 27.

"High School Musical" director Kenny Ortega is to direct the film, which is being produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson, Sony said.

Ortega collaborated with the late pop star for more than 20 years and directed his previous "Dangerous" and "History" tours.

Jackson died June 25 shortly before he was to begin his "This is It" concert residency at London's O2 arena, which Ortega was directing.

"This film is Michael's gift to his fans," Ortega said 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."

Shot from April through June while Jackson was rehearsing for the scheduled concert series, the film is drawn from more than 100 hours of footage.

"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 ...," said Randy Phillips, president and chief executive officer of AEG LIVE and producer of the documentary."

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