The world was shocked this summer at the passing of a musical legend when Michael Jackson collapsed and died suddenly at the age of fifty in Los Angeles back in June. What has followed is a media circus almost as strange and bizarre as the one that haunted the performer for most of his life. Jackson was in rehearsals for his latest tour entitled "This Is It" when he passed away and was making a documentary about it, which included filming the rehearsals. Michael Jackson's This Is It, opening in theaters on October 28th, is a fascinating look at the creative process of a musical genius, the legacy he leaves behind and the tour of the century that almost was. We had a chance to speak with the tour and film's Director Kenny Ortega, as well as Keyboardist and Music Supervisor Michael Bearden about the documentary, the tour that could have been and the life and death of Michael Jackson. To watch our exclusive interview click on the video clip below.
Chronicling the months from April through June 2009, Michael Jackson's This Is It is produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs and preparing for his concert series in London. Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at Jackson, as he has never been seen before. In raw and candid detail, the film captures the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius and great artist at work as he creates and perfects his final show. Michael Jackson's This Is It will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London's O2 Arena. Michael Jackson's This Is It is directed by Kenny Ortega and opens in theaters on October 28th.