Entertainment behind the scenes
Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” trailer released to Web
After giving the world a first look at the upcoming Michael Jackson film “This Is It” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Sony Pictures has now made it possible for fans to download the trailer of the much talked-about rehearsal footage, shot in the weeks before the singer’s death in June.
Fans can visit this Sony website to access the trailer, which runs for nearly three minute.
In the trailer, Jackson looks thin as always but appears healthy, as he dances around the rehearsal stage, in footage that comes complete with sound effects, such as “whoosh” and whip-like noises used to accentuate Jackson’s movements.
The trailer also accentuates the positive in Jackson, as Sony Pictures committed to do when it paid $60 million for the rights to the footage produced by concert promoter AEG Live before a series of comeback shows in London that were to start on July 13.
At one point in the trailer, a voice is heard saying, “Michael has a depth to him that people don’t really know.”
“This Is It” opens in movie theaters on Oct. 28, but it will only run for two weeks.
Will the massive public show of mourning that shot Jackson’s albums to the top of the charts after his June 25 death make “This Is It” into a blockbuster movie, a success along the lines of what Jackson was hoping to achieve with his comeback concerts in London? Or will the rehashed rehearsal footage fail at movie theaters?
And if it does, will that be “it” for the expected boon to Jackson’s estate from products tied to the “Thriller” singer?