Michael Jackson’s Thriller is getting an official 'making-of' documentary

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6 Oct 2022, 11:38

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A ‘making-of’ documentary about one of Michael Jackson’s most iconic albums, Thriller, is in the works.

As reported by Deadline, Sony Music Entertainment have teamed up with Jackson’s estate to produce the project, which is yet to be titled. Filmmaker and music historian Nelson George is also onboard as director for the movie, which will feature never-before seen footage and interviews to document the story behind Jackson’s record-breaking sixth studio album.

It will also touch on the infamous music videos that accompanied the tracks.

Speaking about the documentary in a press statement, George said Thriller “redefined Michael Jackson” and saw him go “from a teen star to adult superstar.”

He also referenced the album’s music videos, including Billie Jean and Beat it, and stated they “created a new template for marrying music and image.”

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The director added: “It’s been a privilege to explore this extraordinary album and revisit its magic.”

News of the documentary comes as Thriller is due to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The album was released in November 1982 and went on to eight Grammys before becoming one of the most popular records of all time with 47 million copies sold.

To mark the milestone, Jackson’s estate announced earlier this year that it would be releasing Thriller 40, a remastered cersion of the original plus demos and rare songs on a double CD set.

In the build up to its release the estate revealed songs like She’s Trouble and The Toy will feature on the bonus disc.

On top of that, in February this year, it was reported that Graham King (Bohemian Rhapsody) had secured the rights to make a film about the singer’s life and career and had been signed to produce the biopic, titled Michael.

Thriller was probably one of the most iconic albums to come out of the 80s, a decade bursting with good music.

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