A Los Angeles judge has given the go ahead for Columbia Pictures to develop a Michael Jackson movie. In a continuation of the Michael Jackson estate court hearing on Monday, Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff approved the feature film deal brokered between Columbia, the Michael Jackson estate and AEG live.
The planned Michael Jackson film will feature live footage of Michael Jackson provided by concert promoter AEG Live, shot during his final rehearsals for his planned “This is It” comeback tour in London. Videos created for the tour may also be included in the film.
During the Michael Jackson estate court proceedings so far, Judge Beckloff has also granted his approval to other promotional deals featuring the late pop icon, including reprints of his autobiography, posters and other commemorative items.
Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, has been ordered not to reveal information about contracts between AEG Live and the estate. Jackson had requested she be allowed to talk about the contents of the contracts with “regulators or the LAPD,” according to OK Magazine. However, Judge Beckloff ruled Katherine Jackson did not have the right to share what she knows about the contract dealings without a court order.