A Los Angeles judge on Monday approved a $60-million deal that gives Sony Pictures the rights to the rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage shot during the weeks prior to Michael Jackson's death in June. It was also disclosed that some of the footage was shot in 3D. "This historic recording of the last time [Jackson] sang and danced on stage shows the legendary artist in an incredibly powerful way, with crystal clear images and sound," said Sony Pictures chairman/CEO Michael Lynton in a statement. The film will be directed by Kenny Ortega, who was choreographing Jackson's concert, and produced by Randy Phillips and Paul Gongaware of AEG Live, the production company that was promoting the concert series at the time of Jackson's death. Sony said Monday that it plans to release the concert film on October 30.

11/08/2009