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Report: Networks, Studios in Bidding Frenzy Over Jackson TV, Film Projects

Jul 20, 2009  •  Post A Comment

NBC and Sony are the front runners in the bidding for upcoming Michael Jackson-related TV and film projects, respectively, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Both projects are related to the "This Is It" comeback concert series Jackson was planning when he died, and both projects are being shopped by AEG LIve, the promoter who had been behind the now-canceled Jackson concerts in London.

The TV special is targeted to air in September, to be directed by Kenny Ortega, who was going to direct the Jackson shows, the Times says. He’s a well-known director/choreographer who is responsible for the "High School Musical" franchise.

According to the account in the LA Times, the TV special is "described as featuring an ensemble of superstars that might include Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Will.I.Am performing Jackson’s hits using the costuming, choreography, aerial ballet and special effects-driven illusions that had been engineered for the singer’s comeback, a source said."

The film project would be based on 1,200 hours of rehearsal footage, the article said.

—Chuck Ross

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  1. Well, that didn’t take long. I though vampires had to wait at least until sundown to come out of their coffins.

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