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Thriller, the best selling album in history, will turn 40 years old on November 30th, and now there are plans in the works to create a documentary film about the making of this historic album.

According to an article by Cydney Lee on, Sony Music Entertainment has reached an agreement with Michael Jackson’s estate to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Thriller by making this yet-to-be-titled documentary. It will be produced by Colin Hanks and Sean Stuart from Company Name, with John Branca and John McClain, co-executor’s of the “King of Pop’s” estate, acting as executive producers.

Per Lee’s article on, this documentary should feature “never-before-seen footage and interviews.” It will focus “on how the album launched Jackson into mega-stardom and created a pop culture phenomenon that continues to influence the worlds of music, television, dance, fashion and more.”

Thriller was the first album to ever receive “Triple Diamond” certification by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling more than 100 million copies. The album spawned a record-setting seven top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, two of which hit #1 (“Billie Jean” and “Beat It). Jackson would go on to win a record-setting eight Grammy Awards for Thriller, including Album of the Year.

According to, the film will be directed by Nelson George, a noted journalist, filmmaker, and music historian. It is already in production.

This will become the third documentary to focus on one of Michael Jackson’s albums. The previous films are: Bad 25 and Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off The Wall. 

I don’t know about you, but I am most interested in seeing the one about Thriller since it is the best selling album in history.


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.


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