It has come to pass, as predicted. Sony has paid in the ballpark of $50 million dollars to AEG Entertainment for the right to release a concert film of Michael Jackson’s planned London farewell tour culled from some 80 hours of rehearsal footage and pre-filmed segments. And what’s better than a deal? A freakin’ release date.

It’s certainly been a summer of Michael Jackson, for better or for worse after the singer’s unexpected death dominated news coverage for a full week. The mourning process still has me listening to Thirller at convience stores and hearing “Beat It” blasting from car stereos at intersections. Now, the fans of Jackson will get to see the singer’s planned final performance this October 30th in the form of This Is It, a concert film. It’s in high-definition with digital sound and some 3D sequences (Captain EO flashback, I hope now it your time to shine)

States the Sony press release: The majority of the film’s footage was shot in June, 2009 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, and The Forum in Inglewood, California, as Jackson prepared for This Is It, the series of fifty concerts Jackson planned to present at the O2 Arena in London.

This Is It 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. The film will provide moviegoers with an unforgettable front row experience compiled from extensive footage that shows Jackson’s meticulous preparation for his 2009 London shows.

I have to say that opening night, October 30th, would be a great time to see this film in a theater full of Jackson fans. Even if you can’t make it to the cinema during the run, I’m certain Sony is betting that you will track this time-capsule concert on Blu Ray and DVD sometime in the future. Probably for Christmas.

And for someone like myself that was too poor to get to London and out-bought by those who can, it’s nice to think that even though I didn’t get to see the man do his thing in person, his plan for his final show will be brought to fruition.

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