Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/28/2014 -- New developments in the legal battle between the producers of a documentary, “Michael Jackson: The Last Photoshoots” were revealed Saturday in an article on Page Six of The New York Post. The article states, “The executors in charge of the Michael Jackson estate will be investigated in a documentary, FOLLOW THE MONEY, which is being produced by Edward Bass, who is already in a legal battle with them.”
According to The Post’s Page Six Journalist Richard Johnson, the documentary, “Follow the Money,” will focus on the Michael Jackson Estate attorneys John Branca and John McClain, who — in the five years since Jackson’s death — have collected far more than the nearly $20 million that has gone to Jackson’s mother, Katherine, and his three children. He reveals that the estate has also spent $17 million on legal fees.
The article continues and quotes Bass as saying, “They don’t mind spending millions of dollars on litigation, because they are paying themselves,” Bass said. “Somebody has to challenge them. We want to set a precedent here.”
The Page Six article goes on to say that the footage was shown and offered to the estate, They quote Bass, “After 18 months of negotiations, they turned it down. If you owned it, why would you negotiate to buy it?”
Page Six also quotes Estate lawyer Howard Weitzman, who claims the estate owns the footage, which includes “private moments that [Jackson] never agreed could be publicly and commercially exploited.”
Bass says, “I think their intention was just to harass us and delay us from releasing it for the 5th anniversary of Michael's death, as we obviously own the rights. It's really a shame because when you see the film, you realize how heartbroken Michael would be if this were not released to the public."
ABOUT EDWARD BASS
Edward Bass is a Golden-Globe nominated film Producer. He has worked alongside such producers as Sir Anthony Hopkins, James Franco, Guillermo Del Toro, Stanley Kramer and Kevin Spacey.