"Thriller" Set Remade For Secret MJ Video: Report

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD
|  Monday, Jun 29, 2009  |  Updated 6:41 PM CDT
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Michael Jackson and choreographer/director Kenny Ortega rehearse for the "This Is It" tour. Jackson wrapped a secret video project just before his death, the AP has learned.

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Two weeks before he died, Michael Jackson wrapped up work on an elaborate production dubbed the "Dome Project" that could be the final finished video piece overseen by the King of Pop, The Associated Press has learned.

Details on the project are scarce. Two people with knowledge of the project confirmed its existence to the AP on condition that they not be identified because they signed confidentiality agreements.

They said it was a five-week project filmed at Culver City Studios, which 70 years ago hosted the classic film "Gone With the Wind." Four sets were constructed, including a cemetery recalling Jackson's "Thriller" video.

Shooting for the project lasted from June 1-9, with Jackson on the set most days. Now in post-production, the project is expected to be completed July 15.

Producer Robb Wagner, founder of music-video company Stimulated Inc., did not immediately return a message seeking comment on the project.

It's unclear what final form or forms the video project will take. According to Stimulated's Web site, the company also was hired to produce screen content for Jackson's planned comeback concerts in London.

Stimulated has worked with Def Leppard and the Pussycat Dolls, and produced content for the Academy Awards and the Emmys.
 

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