Kenny Ortega to Direct Film Based Off of Michael Jackson’s THRILLER Music Video

     October 26, 2010

It’s been over a year now since Michael Jackson passed away, but Jackson’s popularity is showing no signs of slowing down.  Today, we have news that GK Films is developing a feature film based off of Jackson’s iconic music video, Thriller.  The film will be written by Jeremy Garelick (The Hangover) and will focus on “the song’s folklore, involving Vincent Price and the town he grew up in”. Kenny Ortega, who directed Jackson’s posthumous concert film This is It, has signed on to helm the film.  Hit the jump for a reminder of Thriller’s awesomeness along with some news on what other Jackson projects are in the works.

The music video for Thriller continues to earn the title of “greatest music video of all time” for a good reason.  The 14-minute long video directed by John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) was a phenomenon when it premiered back in 1983 and in 2009 it became the only music video to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Given Jackson’s popularity, this planned Thriller film isn’t the only Michael Jackson project in the works. According to Deadline, producers Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock are developing a film about Jackson’s younger years.  On top of this, Deadline also reports that Cirque du Soleil is in talks to do two live shows based on Jackson’s music. It’s clear that Jackson still has a ton of fans out there and it looks like Hollywood definitely knows this.

If you’ve never seen Thriller, check it out below:


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