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Jackson Book Deal -- Seizing the Moment

7/23/2009 3:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson Book DealThe court in the Michael Jackson probate case just authorized the special administrators to enter into proposed book publishing agreements.

The deal on the table involves a reprint of Jackson's autobiography, "Moonwalk," with Shaye Arehart Books for U.S. and Canadian publishing rights, Michel Lafon for publishing rights in France, Heyne for publishing rights in Germany, and Heinemann for publishing rights in the United Kingdom.

UPDATE: 2:44 PM PT:
How's this for brutal honesty? The documents state, "The Special Administrators believe that it is in the best interest of the Estate for all book publishing agreements to be entered as soon as possible, as sales of the book and profits for the estate will be maximized the sooner the book is released due to the notoriety surrounding Michael Jackson's unexpected death and the resulting heightened demand for such products."

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31.

M!    

One thing that is really important and right is that MOONWALK and DANCING THE DREAM is the ONLY BOOKS by MJ witch he himself has written.
Michael Jackson is the author of the books.
So it is best that people have the opportunity to buy them.

Instead of supporting all kinds of idiots who do NOT come with FACTS but just guesswork on his person and his life!

Usually they write something like : " says someone who knows MJ, but it is unfortunately not possible to publish whom"
Yes very sincere, NOT!

True that MJ is gone ( RIP: ( )
and he will not benifit from the money. But it is his life, his words, his talent, his everything ... SO Better that his own family get the profit. AND IT IS BETTER HIS OWN WORD IS GOING TO BE HEARD AND SPREAD OUT.
So why by all the junk tabliod books.
By MJ's own!!!!!!

I'm Sure he would love that!!

1915 days ago
32.

Janet    

To A. Farr - Get your facts straight Elvis was not a Racist by any stretch of the imagination. I can't believe you would write such garbage. He was the King of Rock and Roll and will always have that label. So please write what you know. If he was such a racist like you claim do you think for one minute that his band and back up singers would have been black. Another ignorant comment made from an ignorant person on this website. Why is there so much negative comments made about people especially when they can't stick up for themselves. Where do you people come from that you think you know the truth. I guess you have nothing better to do then talk about people, and maybe its just plain jealousy on your part.

1915 days ago
33.

MJsfanforlife    

Yes. I hope this book makes as much money as possible. His estate needs to generate a lot of money, and his true fans will support it, and purchase a copy or two or a hundred, lol.....Haters, it's only just getting started.

1915 days ago
34.

ginbaby6    

I want to read this book so I am happy they are re-issuing it. You can't buy it right now. There are only speculators on the web asking for hundreds of dollars for a copy. Why should those speculators make tons of money off the book, and not the estate (read: children, family, charities) of Michael Jackson? Plus, it's true that the interest is great right now -- there is nothing wrong with that. It's no disrespect to Michael.

I say go forward with it so those who want to read it can.

1915 days ago
35.

MJsfanforlife    

I wish he didn't have that awful vitiligo, and be driven to lighten his skin. HIs chocolate skin was a million percent better.

1915 days ago
36.

barb    

14. This is what MJ wanted- savvy people to negotiate these deals once he was gone...to benefit his family--the kids--and the CHARITES that benfit from the trust. No dummys here, just business. And death means nothing to business. It's not personal, just business.

Posted at 2:34PM on Jul 23rd 2009 by think
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That's wonderful for MJ's kids and the charities he cared so much for.

I was hoping for more news from LA Robbery & Homicide. Maybe another raid or two, there's still lots of drug pushing doctors to be looked into. Let's start with Arnie!

1915 days ago
37.

Michael Jackson    

B.I.H. (Burn In Hell) Michael Jackson.

1915 days ago
38.

Texasgirl    

God people INSURANCE COMPANIES DO NOT INSURE AGAINST DRUG OVERDOSES. Have any of you spent a day in the business world?

These books and movies won't sell; people are over saturated with Jackson stuff. The window has closed.

1915 days ago
39.

A.B.    

Easy now, it's just a reprint of an existing book and the money goes to the family. The children will need it, and the brutal language obviously was deemed necessary to get the thing going.

1915 days ago
40.

FULGY    

13. Im so sick and tired of all the negative comments about Michael, don't you idiots read, or keep up with current events. If this was Elvis you wouldn't be saying these negative comments, which was not the King of Rock and Roll . Little Richard was.
Posted at 2:33PM on Jul 23rd 2009 by A. Y. Farr
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WRONG
It was Elvis & Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry, known as the "father of rock and roll,"

1915 days ago
41.

There is no such thing as reality tv    

13. Im so sick and tired of all the negative comments about Michael, don't you idiots read, or keep up with current events. If this was Elvis you wouldn't be saying these negative comments, which was not the King of Rock and Roll . Little Richard was. Black People didn't like Elvis ,because he was redneck racist, and he stole from all the black artist, and made negative statements about Black People, so I'm glad that we have one less redneck in the world.

Posted at 2:33PM on Jul 23rd 2009 by A. Y. Farr

LOL. You are the racist idiot.

The Jacksons don't waste any time, do they? Aren't they embarrassed about how the appear to the public...like a bunch of cold-hearted people. Not that I would by the book or see MJ's movie.



1915 days ago
42.

angeleyes    

Good job by John Branca - he's doing what a good executor does - Michaels estate should grow to pay off his debts so his kids will have a good life when the probate is finished. I will buy the book when it comes out and would love a copy of his poetry book too - His own words so I hope they sign a deal for that one too -
Michael wanted his "artistry" to live on and it will - around the world in all the hearts that heard his words - loved his dancing and recognized he was one in a billion! We grieve knowing there will not be another one to lift our spirits in this way in our lifetime -

1915 days ago
43.

Tara    

Cha-Ching!

1915 days ago
44.

voodoo    

I CAN'T BELIEVE SOME OF THE POSTS I HAVE READ REGARDING THE RE-PUBLISHING OF MJ BOOK MOONWALK

WHY ARE SO MANY OF YOU ANGRY.....ALL THE PROFITS OF THIS BOOK WILL BE SPLIT BETWEEN THE PUBLISHERS AND MJ ESTATE WHO ARE HIS 3 KIDS AND MOTHER!

IT'S NOT TO SOON TO RELEASE THIS BOOK.....THE MAN WAS A MUSICAL LEGEND IN THE 80'S AND THIS WHEN HE WROTE THE BOOK IN HIS ULTIMATE PRIME!!!

IF MJ WAS ALIVE AND HE DECIDED TO RE-RELEASE MOONWALK THE BOOK WOULDN'T OF SOLD!!!

DUMB PEOPLE ON THIS SITE NEED TO REALISE THAT WHEN A ICON DIES LIKE MJ FANS PEOPLE WILL WANT TO BUY ANYTHING WITH HIS NAME ON!

THIS IN THE LONG RUN WILL BE GOOD FOR HIS ICONIC IMAGE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY HIS KIDS AND MOTHER!

SERIOUSLY ALL THE SAD MJ FANS SHOULD START WAKING UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE....IT'S BEEN WELL OVER A MONTH SINCE HIS DEATH AND RESPECTS HAVE BEEN MADE.......BUT NOW IS THE TIME TO START RAKING IN SOME OF THE $500 MILLION HE OWES SO HIS KIDS WONT HAVE 2

I LOVE MJ

1915 days ago
45.

very sad day    

Lloyds of London will insure just about everything and yes Texasgirl, they probably did insure in the event of an overdose. The catch 22 is, they all (and Lloyds is notorious for this) hate to pay claims. They will fight like a dog not to pay, and keep it in the courts for years!

1915 days ago
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