>> ASIAONE / NEWS / LATEST NEWS / SHOWBIZ / STORY
'Thriller' video director sues Jackson for profits
Thu, Jan 29, 2009
Reuters

LOS ANGELES - The director of the influential music video "Thriller" has sued pop star Michael Jackson over his share of profits from the 14-minute work.

Filmmaker John Landis, who co-wrote and directed the 1983 "Thriller" video, filed a breach of contract lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court just days before Broadway producers announced this week they had bought the rights to adapt the video for the stage.

The 14-minute "Thriller" video, featuring dancing zombies and Jackson himself, was first aired in 1983 and remains one of the most influential music videos worldwide. Landis also made a documentary about the making of the "Thriller" video.

Landis, director of movies including "An American Werewolf in London" and "The Blues Brothers," said in his lawsuit that he had not received his 50 percent share of the profits from "Thriller" -- including licensing rights -- for at least the past four years from Jackson's now-defunct company Optimum Productions.

The lawsuit accuses Jackson, 50, of "fraudulent, malicious and oppressive conduct," claiming that Jackson had failed to produce full and proper accounts for the past four years "and earlier."

Jackson has led a low-profile life since his acquittal in 2005 of child sex abuse charges and his spokesman could not immediately be contacted for comment on the Jan 21 lawsuit.

He is currently living in luxury rented accommodation in Los Angeles after spending time in Las Vegas, Ireland and Dubai in the past three years.

Is this article useful to you?
 
 
STORY INDEX
 
  'Thriller' video director sues Jackson for profits
   
 
  Mumbai "Slumdog" critic names dogs after film makers
   
 
  Leo goes green with Tag Heur
   
 
  Miss America or Miss Six-pack?
   
 
  He still lives with his parents
   
 
  McEwan, Amis pay tribute to 'greatest novelist' Updike
   
 
  US writer John Updike dies
   
 
  All hail queen Georgia's purple reign
   
 
  Oprah eyed for Senate
   
 
  Keep it simple, William
   
>> RELATED STORY
'Thriller' video director sues Jackson for profits
King of Pop settles court case