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Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Being Developed as a Feature Film

27 October 2010 8:21 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

You’d be hard-pressed to find another music video as iconic, influential, or beloved as Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The fourteen-minute opus was directed by horror maestro John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) and has been endlessly spoofed, referenced, and revered.

Written by Rod Temperton and produced by the legendary Quincy Jones, the song “Thriller” was the seventh single released from Jackson’s 1982 album of the same name. Nearly every person on this planet knows that bass line, has attempted that dance, and would recognize that red leather jacket anywhere.

With that level of public awareness, it’s surprising that plans to turn Thriller into a feature film are only now coming to fruition. Deadline reports that Gk Films is currently negotiating for the rights to the project and that Fox 2000, Mandate/Lionsgate, and Summit are involved as…

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Michael Jackson's Thriller set for big-screen resurrection

27 October 2010 4:16 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This Is It director Kenny Ortega to shoot new film based on groundbreaking Thriller video and song

Hollywood studios are set to fight it out for the chance to produce a new film based on Michael Jackson's groundbreaking Thriller video and song. Kenny Ortega, the High School Musical director who oversaw plans for Jackson's ill-fated comeback tour and the film that chronicled rehearsals for it, This Is It, is in line to take charge of the cameras.

Thriller's famous video, in which Jackson leads a horde of zombies in a frenetic, deathly dance, was famously shot by John Landis, who had perfected the special effects work on his Oscar-winning 1982 horror An American Werewolf in London a year earlier. Jackson had become enraptured by the film and engaged Landis to shoot a 14-minute promo, which is often considered the greatest pop music video of all time. It is also »

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Michael Jackson's Thriller Song to Become a Movie

27 October 2010 3:09 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Michael Jackson became the top-earning dead celebrity by taking in $275 million over the past year, but the money-making isn't about to slow down. Deadline is reporting that Real Effects Entertainment has been shopping a film based on Jackson's "Thriller" song with Kenny Ortega (This Is It, High School Musical) attached to direct. Gk Films (The Town, Edge of Darkness) is currently in active negotiations to acquire the package. The plot is being kept a secret, but the film will have a budget of under $50 million and include the help of "Thriller" songwriter Rod Temperton. Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) will write the screenplay. "Thriller" Music Video: »

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Michael Jackson Song 'Thriller' In Center Of Pic Auction

26 October 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Michael Jackson, who reportedly earned $275 million posthumously over the past year for his estate, isn't slowing down anytime soon. I'm told that Gk Films is in active negotiations to acquire a package for a film that is being fashioned around his groundbreaking hit song Thriller. The film, which has been quietly shopped over the past several weeks by Real Effects Entertainment, has Kenny Ortega attached to direct, and The Hangover scribe Jeremy Garelick to write the screenplay. While Gk is in the driver's seat, I'm told that Fox 2000, Mandate/Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment are all in the mix on what will shape up as a pricey rights deal, but which will turn out to be a film budgeted at under $50 million. 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. All »


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