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Michael Jackson’s estate denounce ‘unsanctioned’ film projects

Michael Jackson’s estate have branded upcoming movie projects about the singer as “unauthorised works seeking to exploit Michael’s legacy”.
Executives at the Lifetime TV network are gearing up to release TV movie Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland, which stars the King of Pop’s impersonator Navi, later this month (May17), and it was recently reported that Netflix bosses were developing a stop-motion animation project about Jackson as told from the perspective of his pet monkey Bubbles.
The estate representing the singer have now issued a statement to make it clear they have not backed either project and implied they might take legal action if the filmmakers used any of Jackson’s intellectual property.
“To clear up any confusion or misperceptions about unsanctioned Michael Jackson projects currently in the news,” it reads. “The Estate of Michael Jackson does not license or permit the use of any rights it owns, including to Michael’s music, images, video and films, for use in unauthorised works seeking to exploit Michael’s legacy.”
They also revealed they are working on their own projects which will “respect, honour and celebrate Michael’s life and legacy along with his extraordinary artistry that touched fans throughout the world” and will be announcing them in due course.
Jackson died in 2009, age 50. Bubbles, who went everywhere with the popstar in the 1980s, currently lives at the Center for Great Apes monkey sanctuary in Florida, according to RollingStone.com.

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