Lightning Entertainment has acquired international sales to the documentary Michael: The Last Photo Shoots, a behind-the-scenes look at Michael Jackson’s final magazine cover-shoots.

Craig J Williams’ film is told through the eyes of Jackson’s closest friends, photographers and stylists as the iconic performer prepared for his 2007 US comeback on the 25th anniversary of Thriller after years of living in seclusion.

“We see Michael Jackson as influential and powerful today, nearly five years after his death, as ever before,” said Lightning Entertainment evp and general manager Ken DuBow.

“For fans of Michael, and there are millions around the world, this documentary gives a rare behind-the-scenes look into his life, and access to those closest to him. It’s a powerful piece of work and we’re happy to be representing the film in Cannes.”

DuBow and AnaLisa Valle negotiated the deal with producers Ray Markovich and Williams.