The Jackson family at the Canadian premiere of Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour
*Justin Bieber and other celebrities will gather Thursday in Hollywood as Michael Jackson’s three children use their father’s shoes and a sequined glove to make handprint and footprint impressions in the concrete in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
As previously reported, it’s part of the promotion for Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour,” which makes its Los Angeles debut Friday night.
Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of the family, will also be joined by sons Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson. The celebrity guest list includes Smokey Robinson, Chris Tucker, members of the cast of “Glee,” and Quincy Jones, according to organizers.
Teen band Mindless Behavior, a favorite of 13-year-old Paris Jackson, is also expected to be on hand.
Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson attended the Canadian premiere of the traveling Cirque du Soleil show with their grandmother in October. The “Immortal” show is touring the United States and Canada through this year before taking up residency in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, Michael Jackson’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star is on the sidewalk in front of the theater.
*Michael Jackson’s estate is in talks with Hollywood producers about bringing the late singer’s life to the big screen, reports Variety.
The project is likely to cover only certain periods of Jackson’s life, though these have not been specified. Tom Pollock of the Montecito Picture Company has confirmed he and partner Ivan Reitman, director of “Ghostbusters,” are in early negotiations with the estate, though no deal is yet in place. Representatives of the estate are yet to confirm the report.
The prospect of a Jackson biopic has been touted ever since the singer’s death in June 2009 following an accidental overdose of the powerful surgical anesthetic propofol. Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter over the killing earlier this month and faces up to four years in prison.
Earlier reports of a biopic suggested that Johnny Depp and Jamie Foxx might play the king of pop at different stages of his life, but these went unconfirmed. Depp said in 2009 that he had “never ever thought of playing Michael Jackson in a film.”
Jackson’s estate is currently focused on Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, a production by the Montreal-based troupe Cirque du Soleil, which debuted last month. The production uses Jackson’s music as a backdrop for acrobatic performances.
*Cirque du Soleil is holding a press conference in Las Vegas today to announce the details of its upcoming show dedicated to the King of Pop.
The “Michael Jackson, The Immortal World Tour” is scheduled to kick off in Montreal in October and hit 30 cities before stopping in December at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
According to Cirque du Soleil president Daniel Lamarre, the $57 million show will run 90 minutes and include excerpts from Jackson’s music videos, but no performer will represent Jackson specifically.
“Immortal” will also feature as-yet-unreleased songs that Jackson had finished before his death in 2009.
A separate permanent production is expected to open next year at Mandalay Bay.