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Katherine Jackson to Produce MJ Movies

7/1/2010 9:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... Katherine Jackson is knee-deep in a business deal to produce and distribute several movies on Michael Jackson's life, and she is on a collision course with the MJ estate.
 
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Howard Mann, the guy who co-authored Katherine's coffee table book, "Never Can Say Goodbye," is also producing a movie that will feature video from Michael Jackson's childhood through the end of his life.

We're told Katherine has hundreds of hours of video, including the family's big move from Gary, Indiana to L.A. after The Jackson 5 signed with Motown.

We're told Mann just bought the rights to 26 hours of Michael Jackson video ... owned by Michael Jackson's former business partner/confidant Marc Schaffel.  We're told Mann has paid Schaffel in the eight figures for the video.

Now here's the problem ... the Michael Jackson estate has the exclusive right to market Michael Jackson's name and image.  We're told Mann and company are comfortable with their legal position, because the beneficiaries of the estate -- Katherine and Michael's kids -- are profiting participants in the movie.  In fact, Mann tells TMZ he and Katherine plan on releasing a series of movies.

The estate would not comment, but as far as our research shows, there's no loophole when it comes to marketing Michael Jackson's name and image -- whether Katherine and the kids are beneficiaries or not.


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16.

Jamaican sam    

People are wallowing in their own pit of lost innocence and they prop up Michael Jackson as the epitome of innocence.

You can't remain Peter Pan all your life. That's what killed him.

So the family is deeply disturbed in perpetuating this ruse.

1541 days ago
17.

Andie    

Katherine is getting sucked in. I would love to see the home movies of MJ & family, but - not at any cost. The whole thing is getting ridiculous IMO.

1541 days ago
18.

cindee    

1. The lawyers working for the estate are working for her not the other way around!!!

Posted at 12:44 AM on Jul 1, 2010 by Are you sure?
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I agree totally. Could it be that the executors are more interested in protecting their 15% admin fee rather than keeping MJs legacy alive. I'd love to see Katherines home movies!

Posted at 1:48 AM on Jul 1, 2010 by Brigha from UK

Your both wrong, The attorneys work for the
MICHAEL JACKSON ESTATE

1541 days ago
19.

Darlene    

She & Joe are 2 peas in a pod!!!

1541 days ago
20.

ManiacalZebra    

It's good to know that the parents are finding the death of their child so incredibly profitable.

1540 days ago
21.

beachkid    

Oh...the legal drama. May make for a television special.

1540 days ago
22.

really?    

8 figures he paid for the video footage??? That is 10 Million dollars at MINIMUM. Is this footage of the morning of the 25th? That is a LOT of money for just random old family videos (which we have seen many times on TV).

What do you all think?

1540 days ago
23.

electriczipper    

I find it odd that this is all surfacing now after MJ is gone.Obviouisly michael jackson wasnt too interested in having this stuff released and why would katherine hold onto this stuff,
There is no way she could think she would outlive him.
Is there?????

1540 days ago
25.

aston    

@ brighta:
"Personally, I believe this is what MJ expected her to do. I think the executors are intentionally trying to prolong the settlement in the hope that KJ may die before the money leaves the estate (a typical lawyers tactic)."

I've thought that too, but they can't possibly be allowed to do that. One reason for missing bulk payment can be that there are still debt, I think 300 million. They have shaved off 200 so far in a year.

Yes, the executors are working for the estate, which belongs to Katherine Jackson and MJ's children. So they are working for her, but according to MJ's stipulations. I think it highly unlikely that the estate will pick a fight with her, though. Which is why people are gluing themselves to her, of course.

I'm trying to find excuses for her doing this. Maybe it's a way for her to keep MJ alive in her mind. Maybe I'm doing moonwalks at home for the same reason? :)

I am not sure MJ would want his mother to sustain a lot of members of the family, but of course he knew she would.

1540 days ago
26.

Sloane    

in reference to comments

21.
1. The lawyers working for the estate are working for her not the other way around!!!
Posted at 12:44 AM on Jul 1, 2010 by Are you sure?
________________________________________
I agree totally. Could it be that the executors are more interested in protecting their 15% admin fee rather than keeping MJs legacy alive. I'd love to see Katherines home movies!
Posted at 1:48 AM on Jul 1, 2010 by Brigha from UK

Your both wrong, The attorneys work for the
MICHAEL JACKSON ESTATE
Posted at 2:51 AM on Jul 1, 2010 by cindee

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cindee is correct-they represent the estate-to legally execute the instructions that Jackson set up in his will....
AND... the estate also controls the image/licensing of the image of Jackson

1540 days ago
27.

Karolina    

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would love to see those movies:)
Go Katherine, go Katherine:)

Mike, please hurry up, we are still waiting for you and your movie :*


I Love You so much
;)

http://www.youtube.com/user/77Karolina


Karolina

1540 days ago
28.

Cali MJ Fan    

I really hope Katherine wakes up and sees the Estate really has HER best interest at heart-- and part of that is to make sure she isn't taken advantage of nor does she go against MJ's final wishes in the Trust.

By the way, the Trust was made public (I've seen by Oxman.. grrr)... does anyone know if it was published online, or just made available for news organizations to read it?

1540 days ago
29.

aston    

Obviously, the estate had no trouble with the notorious Schmuley Boteach releasing taped conversations with Michael - highly private ones at that - and a book based on them. That surprised me at the time, especially since he claimed they were "for a book" he and Michael had agreed on, but he had no proof of that and waited with the releases until Michael was dead.

So if there was no way they could stop that sleaze-bag cashing in because he "owned" the tapes (that is, they were in his possession), how could they stop Katherine Jackson?

(Personally, I am pretty sure several of those tapes were recorded unbeknownst to Michael. Just like the footage Brett Ratner recorded from a strange angle and has released on YouTube.)

1540 days ago
30.

Sloane    

don't forget that there are also charities that are beneficiaries of the estate - not just Katherine and the children. Katherine has hew own lawyer to fight a few things in the will and demand more money from the estate

if she tries to profit individually from her son's death you may end up seeing the lawyers for the charities step up since Michael clearly intended them to recieve a designated portion of the estate... and the lawyers for the charities have been publicly silent so far- but that doesn't mean that they are not paying attention to what is going on

that would be embarrassing to Katherine if she appears to be trying to rip off her son's designated charities by cir***venting the will so only the family can profit

then we would see not only Katherine & her lawyers, and all the questionable people she is dealing with accompanied by their lawyers, up against the executors AND but the lawyers representing each of the individual charities in court. This could potentially turn out to be a 3 ring circus and then some once you add all the medial outlets and hangars on to the mix!

the executors have to protect the interests of EVERYONE mentioned in the will!!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT PERHAPS...........

1540 days ago
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