LOS OLIVOS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (UNRESTRICTED POOL) – Music video “Thriller” was made because pop star Michael Jackson wanted to be a monster, the production’s director John Landis said at the Venice film festival on Monday (September 4).
Landis was in Venice to present the 3D version of the video, which was made nearly 35 years after the original.
“(Thriller) was nobody’s good idea, it was no brilliant business plan,” John Landis told journalists.
“It was a vanity video because Michael wanted to be a monster. And everything that came, evolved from that, was spectacularly successful and I was totally surprised.”
Asked about his first meeting with Jackson, the child star turned King of Pop who set the world dancing but unexpectedly died in 2009 at the age of 50, Landis said he was “joyful” and “child like” and quickly became a close family friend.
“Michael was very determinant that everything had to be the best, the greatest, the best,” he said.
“When I worked with him on ‘Thriller’, he had a spectacular work ethic, but he was an old pro, the guy has been performing since he was 8 years old. And he worked hard.”
Landis, an American film director, screenwriter, actor and producer, jumped at the idea of converting “Thriller” into 3D, because he wanted “you to experience it the way Michael wanted you to experience it …. Michael and I always intended it to be seen in a cinema”.
“We went through the whole movie frame by frame, and it was not intended to be in 3D, so we are not throwing anything at you or anything like that, but it does enhance certain parts of it tremendously … the dance is much improved, it’s remarkable what it did,” he said.
“My only disappointment is that Michael is not here to see it and hear it coz I think he would love that,” he said.