The Screen Actors Guild is warning its members that they should not do any work in the upcoming Michael Jackson concert documentary “This Is It.”
SAG announced Wednesday that producer AEG Live isn’t a signatory to SAG’s minimum basic agreement covering terms and conditions for performers and background actors employed on the picture. AEG Live did not respond to a request for comment.
Though SAG didn’t have jurisdiction over Jackson’s rehearsals and behind-the-scenes footage when it was shot, the guild is asserting that it does now that “This Is It” will be a feature release.
“Guild members are reminded of their obligation not to accept employment on any non-signatory project, as well as their obligation to confirm with the guild that a project is signatory,” SAG said. “Employment on any non-signatory project within the guild’s jurisdiction may subject a member to a Rule One violation.”
Sony Pictures has planned a two-week run for “This Is It” starting Oct. 28. Sony acquired the footage, shot during rehearsals at Staples Center and the Forum, from concert promoter AEG Live for an estimated $60 million.
Sony Pictures and Sony Music are co-producing the film with AEG Live and the Michael Jackson estate. Producers are AEG Live’s Randy Phillips and Paul Gongaware.