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.
Katherine Jackson, the mother of late pop icon Michael Jackson, was granted permanent guardianship of her sonâ€™s three children on Tuesday morning by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff. As previously negotiated with Jacksonâ€™s ex-wife Debbie Rowe, Katherine Jackson will have custody of Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket.
Debbie Rowe will receive visitation rights with Paris and Prince Michael, as well as monetary spousal support based on previous agreement with Michael Jackson before his death. An unspecified amount of allowance has also been granted to 79-year-old Katherine Jackson and Jacksonâ€™s children from the singerâ€™s estate.
Another major legal issue to be dealt with during Tuesdayâ€™s hearing is the big question of who will emerge with primary control of Michael Jacksonâ€™s estate. Currently, Jacksonâ€™s attorneyâ€™s John Branca and John McClain â€“ appointed as his estate executers by Jackson in his will – hold most of the reins of Jacksonâ€™s estate and assets.
Katherine Jackson may or may not challenge aspects of this arrangement in an attempt to gain further access to her late sonâ€™s fortune.
Branca and McClain are also expected to ask for additional leeway to broker deals to promote Michael Jackson related products to bring in more cash flow to the estate.