Image Credit: Everett Collection Good news just in time for Halloween: Deadline reports the Michael Jackson classic hit “Thriller” has inspired a film that’s currently being shopped to various studios. Certainly we all remember the epic, groundbreaking video directed by John Landis from 1983: That red leather jacket! Yellow colored lenses! Awesome zombie pop and lock dance moves!
So how will this translate to a feature-length film? Kenny Ortega — who directed last year’s This is It — is reportedly already attached to direct and Jeremy Garelick (The Hangover) is set to write the screenplay. (Does this means the walking dead will go to Vegas and steal Mike Tyson’s tiger and marry Heather Graham?) And while the plot for the movie is still being kept under wraps, apparently it will have something to do with the “song’s folklore,” which, with lyrics like, “There ain’t no second chance against the thing with forty eyes, girl,” leaves the door wide open. Will the filmmakers extend Landis’ video vision with misty graveyards and or go in a completely different direction? And is there anyone in Hollywood who could hope to compare with the King of Pop’s dance moves? (Or, for that matter, Vincent Price’s creepy cackle? )
What do you think PopWatchers? Would you want to see a movie based on “Thriller” and who would you like to see in it?