Yep, it’s close to midnight, and something evil’s lurking in the dark… and it’s Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller,’ ready to be screened in 3D. The 3D restoration of the original 1983 short film will be screened at the Venice Film Festival at the end of the month, so get your pillow ready – because you might want to hide behind it.
The short film was released to serve as the music video to one of Michael Jackson’s best selling songs of all time, which was co-written by the King of Pop himself and John Landis, who also served as the director. Now, Landis has teamed up with a group of 3D developers to bring an updated version to life. Or death. You know, because there are zombies and whatnot. *Shivers.*
Landis has spoken to Billboard about the exciting new project.
All of the copies of Thriller out there are now dupes and it used to drive me crazy. I’d been trying to get to the negative for a long time as the new digital technologies are amazing at restoring films. And Michael and I always intended for people to see Thriller in a movie theater. But we didn’t just restore thriller. We enhanced it.
With a run-time spanning nearly 14 minutes, the original Thriller movie became an iconic piece of artwork during the ‘80s. Opening in 1983 at the Avco Theater in LA, Thriller didn’t have one empty seat during its three-week run. Now, 34 years later, the movie will be screened once more, at the 74th annual Venice Film Festival, from August 30 to September 9. Although Landis hasn’t released any more information about the 3D visuals and where they will be used, we can imagine it will completely redefine the video and make it even more awesome.
In addition to screening the 3D version of Thriller at the film festival, the ‘Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller’ documentary will be debuted alongside it. Many Michael Jackson fans may not have seen this documentary before, as it was only available on VHS (remember those?) between 1983 and 1999 and has not been released in any other form since. However, the award-winning documentary showing behind-the-scenes footage and outtakes of Thriller will be screened in a huge theater for the first time.
Because this is thriller.