Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Infuses New Kenny Ortega Project
After the concert documentary This Is It chronicled the making of what would have been the farewell tour for Michael Jackson, it seemed like Hollywood was done exploiting focusing on the King of Pop in motion pictures. However, Deadline has word on a new project inspired by one of Jackson's most praised works. Apparently a company called Real Effects Entertainment has been shopping around a film package with a story fashioned around the hit song Thriller, which is also largely considered the best music video of all-time. In addition, This Is It director Kenny Ortega is attached to direct from a script by The Break-Up writer Jeremy Garelick.
One of the first music videos to feature a story complete with direction by famed filmmaker John Landis, the full music video for Thriller was essentially a short film that happened to have a killer soundtrack for the walking undead to groove along with in perfect choreography. So how will this transfer to the big screen? Well, the plot is being kept under tight wraps for now, but apparently it delves into 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.
GK Films (the company behind The Town) is working to acquire the project, but it's completely contingent on cooperation with Jackson's estate (which apparently isn't a problem at all, because his siblings always loved capitalizing on his fame in life and now in death. In addition, Fox 2000, Mandate/Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment are all involved in closing the expensive rights deal while the film itself is budgeted at just under $50 million. On a side note, apparently Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock are looking to do a film based on Jackson's younger years. While I'm all for Jackson being immortalized through his masterful albums and music videos, it's far too soon to be making films like this. Are you interested in a Thriller inspired film?