Filmmaker Kenny Ortega, who’s previous credits have included directing “High School Musical” as well as being the man who oversaw preparations for Jackson’s doomed “This Is It” tour, is due to get behind the camera for the new film version of the all time hit, reports deadline.com.
The original 14-minute video, which saw Jackson leading a group of zombies through a now infamous dance routine, was originally shot by director John Landis and is often considered to be the greatest pop music video of all time.
It has been speculated that the forthcoming film could focus on the character played by Vincent Price in the video. Price provided the video’s narrative voice as well as the rap section. “The Hangover” writer Jeremy Garelick is writing the movie’s screenplay, and Rod Temperton, the man who wrote the song, is also involved.
The makers of the “Twilight” series are reportedly interested in buying the rights to the film, as are Lionsgate and Twentieth Century Fox.