Sony Pictures, AEG and the Michael Jackson estate have finalized plans to release MJ’s “This Is It” rehearsals footage, and it should be released to theatres worldwide Oct. 30. In the meantime, a copy of a Lloyd’s of London insurance policy for the stillborn tour has surfaced – one which excluded “illicit” drug use.
The insurance policy covered only the first 13 of the planned 50 shows at the O2 arena in London. It also contained several clauses, including one covering “illicit” drug use, that would prevent a payout. Others voided payout if Jackson concealed information or acted carelessly to increase the risk of a no-show.
“This insurance does not cover any loss directly or indirectly arising out of, contributed to, by or resulting from … the illegal possession or illicit taking of drugs and their effects,” a copy of the policy obtained by the Associated Press read.
With Jackson’s June 25 death, “This is It!” became the mother of all no-shows all right, but it’s not at all clear if “illicit” drug use can be claimed, even if – as apparently suspected by Los Angeles law enforcement agencies – powerful anesthetics were administered to MJ under a doctor’s supervision.
Dr. Conrad Murray, who was attending to Jackson at the time of his death, has had his home and office searched and, most recently, a Las Vegas pharmacy was also raided in the investigation of Jackson’s death. The L.A. County Coroner has completed its toxicology report and autopsy, but sealed the results – apparently pending the results of the police investigation.
The business of recouping losses from the loss of a blockbuster concert residency goes on, and the anticipated film treatment of Jackson’s last moments on stage will hit screens in the coming months.
“People who have seen this footage are astounded by the amazing quality of Michael Jackson’s performance,” Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton said in a statement. “This historic recording of the last time he sang and danced on stage shows the legendary artist in an incredibly powerful way, with crystal clear images and sound.”
The estate and AEG Live acquired rights to the footage, and execs Randy Phillips and Paul Gongaware will produce the film, according to the Los Angeles Times.