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Feature film based around Michael Jackson's classic music video Thriller in the works?

10.27.2010

Even after his death, the King of Pop remains the king. The Michael Jackson estate has reportedly made $275 million since the artist's passing - thanks in part to re-energized record sales and stuff like THIS IS IT - and shows no signs of slowing.

Today, Deadline is reporting that production company GK Films is actively negotiating for a rights package with Fox 2000, Mandate/Lionsgate, and Summit Entertainment that would allow development to begin on a feature film version of Jackson's classic music video THRILLER. Exploitative much?

Per Deadline's Mike Fleming: "Plot is being kept under wraps but I understand it has to do with the song's folklore, involving Vincent Price and the town he grew up in."

Scribe Jeremy Garelick (THE BREAK-UP) has been commissioned to hammer out a screenplay with director Kenny Ortega (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL) attached to helm the project (expected to be budgeted somewhere under $50 million). Ortega was also behind Jackson's THIS IS IT documentary.

And this certainly won't be the last we hear of Jacko. Apparently, Cirque du Soleil is trying to get two new live shows going that are based on his music. Then there's Ivan Reitman and his Montecito production company that's hoping to make a film that touches on the musician's younger years.

Here's the original 1983 video of THRILLER, directed by John Landis:

Extra Tidbit: This is f*cking dumb. Why not just secure the rights and simply screen a re-mastered version of the original THRILLER music video in front of certain movies during the month of October, making it a yearly staple of the Halloween season?
Source: Deadline

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2:32AM on 10/28/2010
If it was done right I'd like to see a movie based on the music video. Unfortunately without Michael I don't know that it would be the same!
If it was done right I'd like to see a movie based on the music video. Unfortunately without Michael I don't know that it would be the same!
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11:00PM on 10/27/2010
tidbit: I only see that happening if the music video is converted to 3D...
tidbit: I only see that happening if the music video is converted to 3D...
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8:08PM on 10/27/2010

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F*cking brilliant idea. Rather that then the excess of TV commercials.
F*cking brilliant idea. Rather that then the excess of TV commercials.
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8:08PM on 10/27/2010
I meant to "green" the Extra Tidbit. LOL
I meant to "green" the Extra Tidbit. LOL
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7:06PM on 10/27/2010
I doubt any actor could respectably portray Michael in this. This idea is 15 years too late.
I doubt any actor could respectably portray Michael in this. This idea is 15 years too late.
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3:17PM on 10/27/2010
I agree with the tidbit as well. Thriller is a Halloween staple and it would be great to have that in theaters. This news is terrible though. Why people think they can improve upon classics is something I can't understand. First the news of a Rocky Horror remake and now we got a feature film version of Thriller? Jesus Christ.
I just gotta say too that I saw Captain EO in EPCOT recently and it was very cheesy and very 80's and I fucking loved it. Modernizing things just ruins the appeal.
I agree with the tidbit as well. Thriller is a Halloween staple and it would be great to have that in theaters. This news is terrible though. Why people think they can improve upon classics is something I can't understand. First the news of a Rocky Horror remake and now we got a feature film version of Thriller? Jesus Christ.
I just gotta say too that I saw Captain EO in EPCOT recently and it was very cheesy and very 80's and I fucking loved it. Modernizing things just ruins the appeal.
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2:28PM on 10/27/2010
so now they're remaking music videos?
and srsly were the 80s really that great that everything done in that decade has to be redone?
so now they're remaking music videos?
and srsly were the 80s really that great that everything done in that decade has to be redone?
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12:11PM on 10/27/2010
No. Is nothing sacred anymore? Good idea on the tidbit though.
No. Is nothing sacred anymore? Good idea on the tidbit though.
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9:54AM on 10/27/2010
If this is about the songs theme/subject matter and not about the making of the video type of thing-it'll work! Otherwise...meh. The "Tidbit" video idea is a good one! I think that would be cool.
If this is about the songs theme/subject matter and not about the making of the video type of thing-it'll work! Otherwise...meh. The "Tidbit" video idea is a good one! I think that would be cool.
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8:35AM on 10/27/2010
I think I'm gonna puke. Who came up with this idea??
I think I'm gonna puke. Who came up with this idea??
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8:30AM on 10/27/2010

Lame attempt

by the Jackson family to get the next generation to take notice of Michael's music. The film will be terrible, but it might actually turn a buck if released at Halloween with some decent marketing.
by the Jackson family to get the next generation to take notice of Michael's music. The film will be terrible, but it might actually turn a buck if released at Halloween with some decent marketing.
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5:37AM on 10/27/2010
Agreed completely with the extra tidbit. I'm not even going to bother voicing my disgust for this news.
Agreed completely with the extra tidbit. I'm not even going to bother voicing my disgust for this news.
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5:16AM on 10/27/2010
Can't agree more with the tidbit.
Can't agree more with the tidbit.
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