“Thriller” is going to send shivers through Michael Jackson fans in brand new ways when it is released in 3D next year.
Michael Jackson’s iconic music video is being overhauled by the original director of “Thriller,” John Landis, according to Yahoo News. The original “Thriller” video lasted 14 minutes and was released in 1983.
Landis was not able to remake or polish the “Thriller” mini-movie until he was able to resolve a dispute he had with the late Michael Jackson’s estate.
“That lawsuit went on for so many years, (but) we settled and they paid me finally. And so, actually there is something happening with ‘Thriller.'”
“Thriller” in 3D could be released in cinemas or even on Blu-ray in the near future if Landis’ plans for the iconic video work out.
“It is going to reappear in a highly polished and three-dimensional way that is very exciting on the big screen,” Landis said.
The Celebrity Cafe suggests the budget for “Thriller” in 3D is set at $500,000; however, this was the reported budget for the original film in 1983. At the time, the budget was much more than the cost of the average video. Although the budget for “Thriller” in 3D is still a mystery, it seems to be no hurdle for Landis as of yet. It is reported that Landis has already been working on the project in secret for months.
A source claiming to be close to the Jackson family told Daily News that Michael Jackson originally planned to revamp “Thriller” into a 3D segment for his fans.
“The iconic video has never been released on Blu-ray or seen in cinemas and 3D, and that was a always a vision Michael had. In fact, his ‘This Is It’ London show was meant to feature a segment which included a 3D performance.”
The insider claimed the estate was considering gaming ideas, such as a dancing game “or a zombie-style, shoot-’em-up-style movie.”
The Daily News reported official paperwork from the Jackson estate offered clues to more Michael Jackson ventures including “multiple albums,” “internet games,” and “film, documentary and a Broadway play about Michael.”
Landis refused to spill any more about the 3D version of “Thriller”and joked to the Daily News, “I cannot tell you any more. I might have to kill you.”
“Thriller” was the first music video to be inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library Of Congress in 2009.
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