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Suit may be a 'Thriller' in court

DIRECTOR John Landis sued Michael Jackson and a Broadway producer on Wednesday, claiming that the pair lack the proper rights to adapt a stage production based on Jackson's song, "Thriller."

Landis, who co-wrote and directed the ground-breaking music video, sued the pop star and producer James L. Nederlander's company over the possible show. Nederlander announced earlier this week that it had acquired the rights to "Thriller" and songs from Jackson's blockbuster album of the same name.

Landis' lawsuit seeks a judge's order that Jackson lacks the adequate rights to transfer to Nederlander, and that the producer doesn't have the authority to create a stage show based on the video or documentary that Landis directed.

Landis' attorney said the director would seek to stop the show "if it becomes necessary."


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