Michael Jackson Planning Broadway “Thriller”

The Gloved One heading for the Great White Way

Something evil's lurking in the dark.

Producer James L. Nederlander says he has acquired the rights for a stage version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," the iconic music-video spoof of horror films. The show will include songs from two of the pop king's best-selling albums, "Thriller" and "Off the Wall."

"The Nederlanders and Michael Jackson represent live theater and musical excellence, so let the music begin," Tohme Tohme, a spokesman for Jackson, said Monday in a statement.

Released in 1982, the album launched Jackson from stardom into a whole new stratosphere of fame. The record has sold more than 100 million copies world wide, making it the best selling album of all time. 

"I love the idea of making 'Thriller' a musical. Girl meets boy, they fall in love, boy has big secret, now what?" said Nederlander, head of the company that owns nine Broadway theaters.

No word yet on who will write the book for the show or what songs will be included in the production, or who will direct and choreograph.

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