The long-rumored 3D version of the game-changing short film Thriller is now slated to make its world premiere. The estate of Michael Jackson announces today (Aug. 7) that Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D will debut at the 74th annual Venice Film Festival (Aug. 30-Sept. 9).
In addition, the accompanying Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller documentary-- originally available on VHS between 1983-1990 and not available for purchase in any format since then -- will be screened in Venice. This will mark the first time that the award-winning documentary has been shown in a theater.
With its nearly 14-minute running time and feature film aesthetics, Thriller redefined the traditional video when it opened at the Avco Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983 for a sold-out three-week run. The short film was directed by John Landis (National Lampoon’s Animal House, Trading Places). He also co-wrote the script with Jackson, who had been intrigued by the title character’s metamorphosis in Landis’ 1981 film An American Werewolf in London. Now 34 years later, Landis says that his and Jackson’s initial vision has come full circle.