Michael Jackson will be scaring fans from beyond the grave later this summer with a reworked release of his iconic music video “Thriller” in 3D.
Director John Landis, who shot “Thriller” in 1982 with “The King of Pop,” will oversee the project according to industry sources.
We’re told that for three years, Landis has been secretly re-working the iconic 14 minute music video, which was a groundbreaking piece of music history.
Sources say that Michael’s son Prince and daughter Paris have been involved in the project, but details are being kept under wraps.
“Thriller is coming out again in movie form this summer and it will be something very special,” we’re told. “John took the original footage, cleaned it up and has made it into something very unique.”
Our insider says that if Jacko, who died in 2009 and would’ve turned 59 in August, would have likey been pleased with this project.
“Michael’s vision before his death was to bring ‘Thriller’ to movie theaters and use IMAX and 3D technology to make fans feel they are in the video with him,” we’re told. “There is a marketing plan in place to launch the new version with a huge PR drive with (Jackson’s children) Prince and Paris involved.”
We also hear that Prince, a filmmaking enthusiast, has expressed particular interest in this project. Our sources also say that fans are in for a double-feature.
“As part of the celebration relaunch, a new documentary exploring the incredible story behind the movie’s creation will be released,” we’re told.
Landis joined the project after actually being caught up in a bitter legal war over the original “Thriller” after Michael’s passing in 2009. That beef has apparently been buried.
The movie release marks the 35th anniversary of the “Thriller” album launch.
Shortly after Jackson died, the “Thriller” video was inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library Of Congress. No other music video had been given that honor.
With James Desborough