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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' to live again on stage

January 26, 2009 |  2:00 pm

Who needs a Michael Jackson comeback when there are still ways to repackage his landmark album "Thriller"? Our sister blog Culture Monster reports today that the Nederlander Organization has obtained the rights to produce a "Thriller" musical. The news comes about one year after Jackson's "Thriller" got  the 25th anniversary treatment.

The "Thriller" video has spawned its host of offshoots. It's been tackled by video game "Final Fantasy," got a Tollywood makeover and even became the highlight of an Oklahoma wedding reception. A Broadway-like treatment, therefore, was probably inevitable. 

Reports Culture Monster:

The Nederlander Organization has acquired the rights to produce a musical version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," the organization announced today.

According to the announcement, the musical -- based on the horror-spoof "Thriller" video -- will be "the exclusive Michael Jackson authorized version of 'Thriller' " and the Gloved One will be involved in "every aspect of the creative process."

Excited? Maybe it will include the "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' " remix from Akon and will.i.am. (fingers crossed), and here's hoping it opens opposite the Flaming Lips/Aaron Sorkin take on "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots."

-- Todd Martens

Photo: Jackson stars in the "Thriller" video. Credit: MJJ Productions