The date for Michael Jackson‘s funeral has been pushed back to September 3rd, the Jackson family has announced. Michael’s father, Joe Jackson, leaked the news earlier this week that the burialÂ was scheduled to beÂ held on what would have been the pop icon’s 51st birthday, August 29th.
Initially the Jackson family confirmed the funeral for Michael Jackson would take place on August 19th. Then it was rumored the date had changed to August 31. The family released an official statement on Friday saying the service would be pushed back to September 3rd. No reason was given for the move. Michael Jackson’s body will be interred at Glendale, California’s exclusive Lawn Memorial Park Great Mausoleum.
Meanwhile, the release of the Michael Jackson movie documentary This Is It has been moved up to October 28. The film, which features footage of Jackson rehearsing for his London comeback tour, will play in theaters for a limited run of two weeks. Tickets for theÂ movie go on sale September 27.
As for the date on which people will actually let Michael Jackson finally rest in peace, we estimate that to be sometime between never and a snowball’s chance in hell.
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.