Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video to be re-released in 3D

Project is being overseen by original video director John Landis

Over three decades after its initial release, Michael Jackson‘s famed ‘Thriller’ video is to be revamped in 3D.

John Landis, who helmed the original piece, will oversee the project which is expected to be completed next year. The Blues Brothers director settled a protracted legal wrangle with the Jackson estate relating to the video in 2012.

“That lawsuit went on for so many years, (but) we settled and they paid me finally,” Landis told the New York Daily News.

“It is going to reappear in a highly polished and three-dimensional way that is very exciting on the big screen.”

Landis also revealed that Jackson himself had envisioned seeing ‘Thriller’ in three dimensions.

“The iconic video has never been released on Blu-ray or seen in cinemas and 3D, and that was always a vision Michael had. In fact, his ‘This Is It’ London show was meant to feature a segment which included a 3D performance.”

In 2010, ‘Thriller’ became the first music video to be added to the US national film archive. Speaking upon the announcement, Steve Legett of the National Film Preservation Board said that the 14-minute short was added due to the increased importance of music videos in popular culture.

“Because of the way the recording industry is evolving and changing, we thought it would be good to go back to the development of an earlier seismic shift, the development of the music video,” said Legett.