25 Aug – Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment announced last week in California, U.S. that "Michael Jackson THIS IS IT" will be released exclusively for a special, limited, two-week engagement worldwide. In Malaysia and Singapore, the movie will play on 29 October 2009.
The producers of the project, fully supported by the estate of the deceased pop king, has commissioned Kenny Ortega to direct the motion picture. As Michael Jackson's director and creative partner on 'This Is It' as well as the previous Jackson concert tours 'Dangerous' and 'History', Ortega has been a friend and collaborator of Michael Jackson's for over 20 years. The multiple Emmy Award winner famously directed and visualised Disney's billion-dollar 'High School Musica'l franchise of films both for TV and as a feature film, not to mention being the man behind the fastest selling concert tour in history, the Hannah Montana / Mile Cyrus 'Best of Both Worlds Tour' featuring The Jonas Bros.