Posted on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Michael Jackson passed away in 2009, but you almost wouldn’t know it from his output since then. He’s released two posthumous albums and starred in a documentary. Now he’s headed back to the our screens again as his seminal 1983 music video “Thriller” prepares for a 3D rerelease.
In a new interview, director John Landis confirmed his plans to revive the video in 3D next year on Blu-ray or even in theaters. Should that go well, the Michael Jackson estate has even bigger plans for the property. Get details on the Thriller 3D rerelease after the jump.
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Briefly: Last week there was a collective ‘huh?’ (and probably some genuine interest) when word filtered out that High School Musical director Kenny Ortega might direct a feature film based on Michael Jackson‘s song ‘Thriller.’ But the director, who was Michael Jackson’s long-time choreographer and frequent creative partner, has been in touch with EW to say, hey, hold up a second.
“It got put out there before I’ve even really had a chance to think about it too much,” Mr. Ortega said at the end of last week. He elaborated:
It is still in very, very early stages of development. The [Michael Jackson] estate would have to sign off on it. I have been a part of some early creative meetings and if all goes well, I think it could happen in the next couple of years.
And, with respect to the idea of trampling the very good legacy of the existing ‘Thriller’ video, directed by John Landis, he explained, “I would never do anything to ruin his memory or one of his creations. But like I said, it is so early, so who knows what will materialize?”
Did you know that there is a plan afoot to make a new feature film based on ‘Thriller,’ by Michael Jackson? Neither did we, but a rights package is being fought over that would allow a studio to further exploit the posthumous popularity of Michael Jackson and his music. The result might be a new Thriller directed by…the guy who made High School Musical? John Landis has got to be rather irritated right now. Read More »
Director John Landis‘ was asked during his appearance at the BFI in London if the one-hour documentary “The Making of Michael Jackson‘s Thriller” would ever be released on DVD or Blu-ray. CHUD reports that the director confirmed that the doc, along with the remastered longform video, would be coming soon. Apparently the lawsuits and royalty issues that had been holding up such a release have been resolved following the death of the pop star.
Landis also dropped the new that the owners of Jackson’s estate want to convert the music video into 3D. Landis is apparently fine with the idea even though he might not be a fan of the technology.
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