Sony Plans Michael Jackson Film

Sony Pictures is close to locking down a feature film on Michael Jackson reports Variety.

The film will draw on the eighty hours of rehearsal footage filmed for concerts Jackson was preparing to perform in London. The feature will also include at least three videos including an alternative version of ‘Thriller’ which were shot specifically for the London concerts.

The studio is expected to pay more than $50 million for worldwide rights to the footage. Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical”), who shot the rehearsal footage, is expected to direct and has already bug to assemble footage.

Though shot for 3D, it’s unsure if the feature film will be presented as such. A release is planned before the end of the year.