*On the heels of Sony’s historic $200 million record deal with Michael Jackson’s estate, the late King of Pop will be the focus of two upcoming documentaries.
Controversial “Unmasked” author-filmmaker Ian Halperin will present “Gone Too Soon,” an 88-minute film on the late singer that will get a theatrical run in select countries overseas on June 25, the first anniversary of the singer’s death. [At press time, the film did not have a U.S. distributor.]
Cut down from 300 hours of footage shot inside Jackson’s camp, the film reportedly includes interviews with many of Jackson’s entourage along with all new video and audio of the late singer. Jackson family members are not involved but are apparently aware of the film which is being billed as a “balanced tribute to the King of Pop” and will deal with some of the more controversial aspects of Jackson’s life, reports the film Web site Dark Horizons.
Also, CHUD reports that legendary director John Landis revealed during a recent Q&A session that an hour-long documentary about the making of Jackson’s iconic music video “Thriller” will be released soon and possibly in 3D.