Michael Jackson's Thriller To Be Transformed Into New Movie

MICHAEL JACKSON's seminal music video for his 1982 hit song 'Thriller' is set to get the Hollywood treatment after it was confirmed that KENNY ORTEGA is in line to direct a movie adaptation. The filmmaker, who's previous credits have included directing HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC, as well as being the man that oversaw preparations for Jackson's planned 'This Is It' tour, is due to get behind the camera for the new film version, reports Deadline.com
The original 14-minute video, which saw Jackson leading a group of zombies through a now infamous dance routine, was originally shot by director JOHN LANDIS and is often considered to be the greatest pop music video of all time. It has been speculated that the forthcoming film could focus on the character played by VINCENT PRICE in the video. Price provided the video's narrative voice as well as the rap section. 'The Hangover's' JEREMY GARELICK is writing the movie's screenplay, and ROD TEMPERTON, the man who wrote the song, is also involved.
According to the UK's Guardian newspaper, the makers of the 'Twilight' series of films are interested in buying the rights to the films, as are Lionsgate and Twentieth Century Fox. There is currently no word on when filming will begin.


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wow this is getting out of hand this man is dead please let him rest in peace are you that hard up for money that you have too turn a great song into a movie somethings should not be mess with and this is one of them......
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Well, I'm certain they have hours of footage of the new Thriller video that Michael was working on for his "This Is It" tour. They will probably incorporate those into the movie so that it's Michael doing the dancing...maybe. I don't know. But I'll say this, Kenny Ortega knew Michael VERY well, he directed two of Michael's world tours for him as well as the "This Is It" tour preparation. If there is anyone who can pull this off and keep things in line with Michael's vision and style, it's Kenny Ortega. People seem to be getting mad that they're still making Michael Jackson merchandise. Well, Elvis has been dead for years too but people still love to buy Elvis merchandise. I think it helps his memory live on, it gives fans something new to experience and I'm all for it as long as it's done up to the standards that Michael would have done himself.
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Whilst I can't see a movie-version of Thriller would have the same appeal (it just wouldn't), I'm sure that Kenny Ortega is the best person to be in charge. As already stated, Kenny knew MJ very well and should be able to retain some MJ-style.
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The dance routine from 'Thriller'is FAMOUS, not 'infamous'. Who edits these news items???
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Blessings and good luck..........
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I think its a wonderfull idea, but then again l dont think in terms of moneymaking or stuff like that I think Michael have soooo much to say dead or not.
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