*Reps for Michael Jackson’s estate have announced plans for a new Cirque du Soleil show based entirely on music from the King of Pop.
This third major deal by the singer’s estate since his death last June also calls for a Jackson-themed nightclub in Las Vegas and a permanent Jackson-Cirque du Soleil show that is set to premiere in late 2012, reports Reuters.
The Jackson estate and Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil, which has already produced shows based on the music of Elvis Presley and The Beatles, will each own half of each project under the partnership. They will split development and production costs, representatives for the estate said. The first project from the partnership will be an arena touring show expected to start in late fall 2011.
“Having attended Cirque du Soleil performances with Michael, I know he was a huge fan,” John Branca, a co-executor of the estate, said in a statement. “We are excited to be partners with Cirque du Soleil to give Michael’s fans a truly unique way to hear, see and feel Michael’s music.” [Story continues below.]
The MGM Mirage, which owns 10 hotels in Las Vegas, will partner with Cirque du Soleil for the shows in Sin City but it has not announced a permanent venue for those performances.
The singer’s mother, Katherine, said in a statement, “Our family is thrilled that Cirque du Soleil will pay tribute to my son in such an important way.”
Jackson, 50, died in Los Angeles on June 25 of an overdose of powerful medications. His personal doctor, Conrad Murray, has been charged in California with involuntary manslaughter and is awaiting trial.
In March, Sony Music, a unit of Sony Corp, announced a $250 million deal with Jackson’s estate, which will result in up to 10 albums using the singer’s previously unreleased music.
Last fall, Sony Pictures released “This Is It” based on footage of Jackson rehearsing for a comeback concert series in London.