Fans will get to see Michael Jackson's final rehearsals in a film to be released at the end of October, just four months after the sudden death of the King of Pop, Sony studios announced Monday.
"This Is It," is drawn from hundreds of hours of backstage footage of Jackson rehearsing and will feature interviews with some of his closest friends and creative collaborators.
It is named after the series of 50 London concerts the star had planned to perform for his July farewell -- before his death from an apparent cardiac arrest on June 25 at a rented mansion in Los Angeles shocked the world.
Sony said the film "will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer, his career and the stage spectacular that would have been."
Most of the footage was shot in June 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, home of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, which later became the site for the Jackson tribute watched by millions of people around the world. Other scenes were shot at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
The footage was "captured in high definition with state-of-the-art digital sounds," Sony said, adding that select sequences would be in 3-D.
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment will co-produce the film with AEG Live and the estate, while Sony Pictures will distribute the film worldwide, Sony said.
The pop icon's mother, Katherine Jackson, also gave her approval to the multi-million-dollar deal approved by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Beckloff.
Neither Sony nor the court released figures of the deal reached with Jackson's estate and concert promoters AEG Live, but media reports said Sony paid $60 million for rights to the footage.
AEG Live has yet to give its approval on the sharing of profits from the distribution of the footage.
Kenny Ortega, Jackson's creative partner on the "This Is It" concerts, said, "the world will see what our team was so fortunate to experience, which was the full commitment, passion and creativity that Michael put into this project."
"It will show Michael as he truly was, creatively involved with every aspect of the production, from the staging and choreography, to the music, lighting, production design and conception of the original short films and video backdrops," he said.
The film announcement came as the Los Angeles County coroner's office said it had completed a "thorough and comprehensive" autopsy but would not release the results until police complete their investigation.
The probe has so far revealed that Jackson had a long addiction to painkillers.