A feature film based on Michael Jackson — using more than 80 hours of footage from his rehearsals for the 50-date London series the King of Pop was working toward before his death — is in the works.
Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to Variety blogger Mike Fleming, is negotiating with AEG Entertainment, which has been showcasing the footage to studios; it is believed Sony will pay about $50 million for the footage. Kenny Ortega, the director of the High School Musical films, will reportedly direct.
The film, Variety reported, will also include a previously unseen version of Jackson’s blockbuster hit video, ‘Thriller’.
Jackson died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest June 25 in Los Angeles.