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Kenny Ortega Says 'Thriller' Inspired Film Not Happening Soon

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November 1, 2010
Source: EW

Michael Jackson and Kenny Ortega

Just last week we told you about a developing project that would have director Kenny Ortega (This Is It, High School Musical) at the helm of a film inspired by Michael Jackson's hit song and innovative music video Thriller. Well, EW has gotten word from Ortega himself that the proposed project is far from a sure thing and it's still very much in the infant stages of development. Though plot details were scarce, the story was said to focus on the folklore of the song and involves Vincent Price (who provides infamous voiceover and evil laughter in the song) and the town in which the master of horror grew up. Find out what he had to say below!

Apparently Deadline might have gotten a little ahead of themselves in their reporting since Ortega says, "It got put out there before I’ve even really had a chance to think about it too much. 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.”

As far as tackling much beloved subject matter, Ortega isn't worried. The director says, "Michael [Jackson] used to say to me that there is nothing to be afraid of and fear just gets in the way anyway. We were very good friends. I miss him. And 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?” So there you have it. No need to worry just yet, but if this project ever comes to fruition, it will certainly have a lot to live up to. Stay tuned!

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