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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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31.

HumanNature    

I'm not interested in any home movies of MJ!!!

I can only say to everyone, REDBOX!!!!

LONG LIVE THE "KING OF MUSIC"

1545 days ago
32.

Sloane    

LOL

just noticed that in my posting #35 in the third paragraph TMZ has chosen to block out 3 letters in one my words and substitute *** instead

for the curious - it is a word that means "to go around"
and for some reason they have chosen to block it???

TMZ get with it-your readers can handle words with more than one syllable!! or do you have that low of an opinion of all of then that they can't!! LOL!

and if you think it is not an acceptable word then you are dumber than we thought! perhaps more sad than funny!

1545 days ago
33.

angles    

SHE HAS SO MUCH TO CONTEND WITH AT HER AGE BUT KEEPING HER BUSY MIGHT BE THE BEST THING FOR HER. SHE LIKES THE PRODJECT AND NO DOUBT SHE WILL DO FINE SHE IS TRULY ADMIRED BY ALL THE WORLD IT'S A REAL SHAME HOW MICHAEL HAD BEEN DESTROID FOR BEING SO FAMOUS GONE TOO SOON.

1545 days ago
34.

David    

I am sick of hearing about the Jacksons. WHO CARES

1545 days ago
35.

Fuck Celebrities    

All these deals have the old pimp's name written all over them.

1545 days ago
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sue    

post40- david--- NOT IN THS LIFETIME WILL YOU STOP HEARING ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON HE IS AND WAS THE KING OF POP!!!! THAT WILL NEVER GO AWAY.. you ask who cares?? there are millions of people that care very much, so you and alot of others will be out numbered. rip mj-- we love you - sue from tampa

1545 days ago
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sue     

I think katherine jackson is right to want to share her home movies with us the public.Not sure about her motives,i guess thats her affair, iwould like to think that she would donate some of the money she would make to the charities that michael loved and supported, as well as to his children and there needs.Most people are trying to make money out of michaels death i guess thats what happens when your famous and you die people make money. I just hope that family, friends,etc remember what would michael have to say ? would he have liked to keep some things private? As much as i would like to see his home movies i would also have respected his decision not to share them with us.

1545 days ago
38.

janalal4    

Oh boy what a dilemma here, right? Seems to me that if the estate has ALL legal rights to the MJ brand/image then I don't see how Katherine can bring in these 'partners'. Agree with poster above that KJ seems to be during herself with some suspicious characters. Just not enough info in this article to be able to tell who has the legal standing here. I must say that I would definitely be interested in seeing these MJ movies, of course. Yeah, Joe is going to have his hands all up in these projects cause KJ can't tell him 'no'. This sounds like a legal mess to me.

I don't agree that the executors are just out for themselves. I think they are doing their jobs in trying to protect the estate.

Speaking of a mess, did anyone take that TMZ survey? LOL! Good grief. Took forever. Didn't know what I was getting myself into there:)

1545 days ago
39.

truth    

More to come but for those that need this education, read this very thorough article.

http://www.stereoboard.com/pdfs/Michael-Jackson-The-Making-Of-A-Myth-Part-I.pdf

1545 days ago
40.

truth    

BTW- The estate lawyers are working for Michael and following his wishes, not the beneficiaries.

1545 days ago
41.

janalal4    

post40- david--- NOT IN THS LIFETIME WILL YOU STOP HEARING ABOUT MICHAEL JACKSON HE IS AND WAS THE KING OF POP!!!! THAT WILL NEVER GO AWAY.. you ask who cares?? there are millions of people that care very much, so you and alot of others will be out numbered. rip mj-- we love you - sue from tampa

Posted at 5:48 AM on Jul 1, 2010 by sue

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/06/30/michael-jackson-movie-movies-katherine-jackson-estate-copyright/3/#c3321819#ixzz0sR3MsrmL

LMAO! You go sue:) We are over 1 yr later & here we all still are. Well, most of us anyway. I'm here at least until I see some 'justice' for MJ.

1545 days ago
42.

Tellit    

3.
She gave birth to him let her honor him the way she wants
Posted at 12:45 AM on Jul 1, 2010 by natasha
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Honoring him....or her pocketbook?
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And just who do you think will benefit MORE from the profits..
Prince, Paris, and Blanket....or Katherine Jacksons brood/grandchildren...and Joe?
lol
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This woman is.....

1545 days ago
43.

tbone    

This pathetic. MJ sold 750 million albums and hadn't a dime to show for it before he died. hell. Miley Cirus had more money than him.

1545 days ago
44.

melissa    

we dont need another mj movie the family needs to stop trying to make money off of his death!!!!!!

1545 days ago
45.

fancyfighters    

Leave Katherine alone.Go get another story.

1545 days ago
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