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Will Michael Jackson doc capture singer’s last days?


Ian Halperin, who penned “Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson,” will unveil a new documentary about the King of Pop’s last days next month.

Variety reports that Halperin has produced “Gone Too Soon,” an 88-minute documentary about Jackson that cobbles together 300 hours of footage shot from within the singer’s camp. It reportedly features interviews with Jackson’s personal manager, chef, spiritual adviser, hairstylist, trainer, protective agent and attorney. None of the Jackson family members participated in the film, though Halperin claims they are aware of the film.

Shine Intl. holds global distribution rights to the doc, and will screen “Gone” as part of the Mip TV confab in Cannes. There will be a theatrical run of the doc in Canada and France, via Transit Medias, on June 25 — the first anniversary of Jackson’s death.

“This is the film Michael and his fans deserve,” Halperin said.

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  • March 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    I wonder if this will get very much attention since “This Is It” already came out.

  • March 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    All MJ fans would die to see this. I hope they get the distribution worked out to release it in theaters in the U.S.

  • March 22, 2010 | Permalink |

    I think this will be a great documentary. I’m sure Halperin will portray MJ in the right light. I can’t wait to see it.

  • March 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    Are u kidding me this man is trash and is not going to show MJ in the right way. MJ was not gay this man only wants money and NO TRUE MJ FAN WOULD EVER SEE THIS JUNK.

  • March 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    Hell-perin is a fake journalist. The only thing he can do right is copy and paste and tell lies. A real journalist is Charles Tomson. The fans are not necessarily against the idea of MJ being homosexual but they will for sure hate when a lie is tried to be sold as truth. Lies, lies, lies. Didn’t Hellperin said MJ couldn’t sing and dance anymore because he was so ill? Well, go and see This Is It. Up yours!

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