Randy Phillips is the President of AEG Live, who have retained many of the rights to the original production of the ‘This Is It’ tour.
The planned tribute to Michael which was planned in August did not happen and Phillips is the only person who knows what may happen in the future. He explained it didn’t happen because the movie was under discussion, and “because we wanted the film to do the talking. Originally Kenny Ortega and I wanted to do a tribute because the production was so magnificent.”
On Michael and the show Phillips said; “Michael was a genius and his vision would have made ‘This Is It’ the greatest arena show ever. It would have been the same production, but with other artists reprising Michael’s role.”
‘This Is It -The Movie’ will be released for a two week period on October 28th, but that will be extended if necessary. Phillips has however, indicated that he could possibly reprise the tribute concept for August 2010, meaning AEG Live, will in all likelihood, make a profit from merchandise, souvenir tickets and film ticket sales.