News: Michael Jackson Film Gets Release Date Bump, Tix Go On Sale Early

Friday, Aug 21, 2009 3:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The late Michael Jackson's This Is It film has reportedly been pushed forward to an earlier release date with tickets being made available nearly a month in advance.

While an explanation has not yet been revealed, the movie will drop ahead of schedule.

Sony has announced that Michael Jackson: This Is It will begin its two-week theater run on October 28, instead of October 30 as originally planned. The move gives the studio a two-day jump on the busy Halloween weekend. Tickets for the movie will go on sale September 27, more than a month before the movie even opens. (TMZ)

A Los Angeles judge recently approved Sony Pictures Entertainment's request to use over 80 hours of Michael Jackson footage for the movie.

Sony Pictures Entertainment received court approval to bring Michael Jackson to the big screen. The court's authorization, announced Monday in Probate Court by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, allows them to edit more than 80 hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage into a movie. The deal was negotiated last month by Sony Pictures and its sibling unit, Sony Music Entertainment, with the Michael Jackson Estate and AEG Live, producer of the late singer's planned London concert series. The film, like the concerts, will be called This Is It. (Los Angeles Times)

According to the studio, the film will also feature 3-D segments.

"People who have seen this footage are astounded by the amazing quality of Michael Jackson's performance," said Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. "This historic recording of the last time he sang and danced on stage shows the legendary artist in an incredibly powerful way, with crystal clear images and sound." (Associated Press)

Aside from the film, Jackson will be buried on the date marking his 51st birthday later this month in California after weeks of speculation and rumors.

In its release, the publicity firm Sunshine, Sachs & Associates said that Michael Jackson would be buried on August 29 at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, at Holly Terrace in the Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. The release said the burial ceremony would be private and limited to the Jackson family and close friends, but that there would be nearby accommodations for the news media. (New York Times)

Check out a compilation of Michael Jackson's best dances below:

Michael Jackson: This Is It lands in theaters Wednesday, October 28th.

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