File this one under M for “Major Mixed Feelings”! We’re getting word than a Halloween special is in the works at CBS: Michael Jackson’s Halloween will be an hour-long cartoon featuring the embattled King of Pop’s music as its soundtrack. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the show will culminate with its protagonists coming face-to-resurrected-face with a ghostly manifestation of Jackson himself. Okay, that’s just weird.
No doubt Jackson’s family is up in arms about this misappropriation of Michael’s image in what’s an obviously tasteless cash-grab, right? Nope; apparently, the deceased icon’s estate is at the forefront of bringing this project to fruition.
Created and produced by Optimum Productions, the Michael Jackson company now owned by his estate, the special will feature the voices of actors Christine Baranski, Kiersey Clemons, Alan Cumming, George Eads, Brad Garrett, Lucy Liu, Jim Parsons, and Lucas Till.
Official Synopsis: The special follows millennials Vincent (Till) and Victoria (Clemons), who meet “accidentally” on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at a mysterious hotel located at 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel. Once inside, Vincent and Victoria are sent on an unexpected, magical adventure of personal discovery, culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson.
While Michael Jackson’s meteoric rise to superstardom has much to do with his horror-themed video for Thriller (directed by John Landis), the singer was forced to clarify his position on the paranormal when elements were deemed at odds with his Jehovah Witness’s beliefs. He later added the following disclaimer to Thriller:
Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult.
Ironic, to be certain.
We don’t have a release date or a trailer, but we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, take a trip back in time to simpler days by watching Michael Jackson’s Thriller video below.