AEG Live, the concert promoter that was working with Michael Jackson, said Thursday it had "in excess of 100" hours of high quality footage of the performer, and that the company was actively considering how best to release it.
"Nothing’s been determined," said a spokesman for AEG Live. A movie is "a possibility," as is an album and DVD. TheWrap reported on Sunday that AEG believed it had a live album "in the can" after filming Jackson’s final rehearsal on Wednesday night, before the entertainer collapsed and died of heart failure on Thursday.
Video emerged on Thursday of Jackson’s penultimate rehearsal ahead of his 50-date tour. AEG confirmed a Wrap exclusive report that the performer’s final rehearsal was recorded in multi-camera HD video and audio.
A portion of the recording, made at Staples on Tuesday June 23, was released to CNN and quickly made its way across the Internet.
TheWrap had reported on Sunday that Jackson’s last reheasal the next night, Wednesday, was recorded in multi-camera, high-definition video and multi-track audio, and that it could be released as the performer’s last album.
The AEG spokesman said the company had large quantities of recorded video "from many, many rehearsals and meetings." All of it is owned by AEG Live, he said.
The recordings were made as part of AEG Live’s deal with Jackson, which included a plan to produce both an album and DVD of what Jackson had billed his “final performance” tour, titled “This Is It.”
AEG had previously not been willing to confirm having made the recording, which multiple individuals connected to the tour affirmed to TheWrap.
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