Soon enough, “Thriller” won’t be the Halloween mainstay of Michael Jackson’s legacy.
CBS is partnering with the Estate of Michael Jackson for Michael Jackson‘s Halloween, a hour-long animated special that will feature music from his extensive discography and an exciting voice cast.
The special follows two millennials, Vincent (Lucas Till) and Victoria (Kiersey Clemons), who meet “accidentally” on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at a mysterious hotel located at 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel (which is a reference to Jackson’s 1980s song of the same name). Naturally, a magical adventure ensues the moment they enter, and it culminates with a dance finale featuring an animated King of Pop.
Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, George Eads, Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu, and Jim Parsons will also lend their voices to the event.
Created and produced by Optimum Productions, with animation by Hammerhead, Michael Jackson’s Halloween will be directed by Mark A.Z. Dippé (The Boxcar Children) and produced by Daniel Chuba. John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the singer-dancer’s estate, will also serve as executive producers.
The Michael Jackson estate has released several projects since he died in 2009, including two albums — 2010’s Michael and 2014’s Xscape, which featured previously unreleased music — the concert documentary This Is It, and a 25th anniversary re-release of Bad.