Plans to turn Michael Jackson’s iconic 1982 music video “Thriller” into a full musical were announced earlier this week.
James L. Nederlander, president of the Nederlander Organization, has acquired the rights to produce a musical version of “Thriller,” according to a news release.
“Thriller The Musical “will feature the music and lyrics of the King of Pop and include songs from the world’s all-time best-selling album, “Thriller” and the seven-time multi-platinum album, “Off The Wall.”
This musical will be the exclusive Jackson authorized version of “Thriller,” and Jackson will participate in every aspect of the creative process, according to the release.
Through his spokesperson, Dr. Tohme Tohme, Jackson said in the release, ”The Nederlanders and Michael Jackson represent live theater and musical excellence, so let the music begin.”
“I love the idea of making ‘Thriller’ a musical. Girl meets boy, they fall in love, boy has big secret, now what …” Nederlander said in the release.
The musical will be based on the most successful music video of all time, a 14-minute horror film spoof in which a young couple are out on a date on a beautiful full moon evening, when suddenly the young man, played by Jackson, turns into a werewolf.
Nederlander is the third generation of a family known for owning and operating theatres around the world as well as theatrical productions, cultural presentations and popular music attractions.
Jackson is the Guinness World Record holding “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time,” a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with 13 Grammy Awards, 13 No. 1 singles – more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era – and sales of more than 750 million units worldwide. Although he was acquitted, his career has been stagnant since his 2005 trial on sexual abuse charges.
It will be interesting to see if the “Thriller” musical will mark a career comeback for Jackson.