Michael Jackson THIS IS IT will run for two weeks starting Oct 28


Michael Jackson THIS IS IT is based on footage of the King of Pop as he rehearsed for his concert series. It will be screened for two weeks in the Philippines starting October 28, 2009.


Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment announced that Michael Jackson THIS IS IT will be released exclusively for a limited, two-week engagement worldwide (including the Philippines), with the studio pushing up the debut of the film by two days, to Wednesday, October 28th.

Separately, the producers of Michael Jackson THIS IS IT announced that Kenny Ortega has been set to direct the motion picture. The film is being produced with the full support of The Estate of Michael Jackson.

Commenting on the announcement, Ortega, director of and Jackson's creative partner on the THIS IS IT concert, said, "This film is a gift to Michael's fans. 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. 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.

"This film shows a consummate performer working with and guiding singers, dancers, band members, choreographers, special effects creators and countless other creative members of the team as we all assemble this historic concert," continues Ortega.

"I can think of many words to describe Michael as he rehearses for and creates THIS IS IT--inspirational, dynamic, generous, dedicated, loving and the guiding force--you see him as the true architect and driving force of this project. He is a true master of his craft, the Entertainer of Entertainers. 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. 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."

Michael Jackson THIS IS IT will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London 's O2 Arena.

Chronicling the months from April through June 2009, the film is drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs for the show. Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, and genius as he creates and perfects his final show.

"I have never been partners with a more creative, innovative or groundbreaking entertainer than Michael Jackson," said Randy Phillips, President & CEO, AEG LIVE and producer of Michael Jackson THIS IS IT. "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.'"

Dubbed the Billion Dollar Maestro by Daily Variety, Kenny Ortega has conquered feature films, television, stage, concerts and massive live events such as The Olympics with equal excellence. As Michael Jackson's director and creative partner on THIS IS IT as well as the previous Jackson concert tours Dangerous and History, Mr. Ortega has been a friend, trusted colleague and collaborator of Michael Jackson's for over 20 years.

Kenny will segue from directing the film version of THIS IS IT to directing the Paramount feature film Footloose this fall. He previously directed and visualized Disney's billion-dollar High School Musical franchise of films both for television and as a feature film. Kenny also directed the fastest selling concert tour in history, the Hannah Montana / Mile Cyrus Best of Both Worlds Tour featuring The Jonas Bros. This tour broke numerous records and extended its sell out tour by more than 20 shows. He also directed to tremendous praise the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City , Utah

Michael Jackson THIS IS IT is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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