Variety is reporting that Sony Pictures is on the cusp of closing a $50 million film deal with AEG Entertainment that will utilize 80 hours of footage filmed at Michael Jackson’s final rehearsals.
Sources say that acclaimed choreographer and longtime Jackson confidant Kenny Ortega will direct the feature. Ortega, the genius behind the High School Musical franchise, has already begun editing the footage he recorded of the rehearsal. When AEG shopped the film to Sony, they were very impressed with Ortega’s work, further confirming the chances that Ortega will direct.
Ortega has been super busy as of late, he recently signed on to direct the much hyped remake of the '80s classic Footloose, set to start filming in March.