Michael Jackson is facing a lawsuit from his hit 1980's music video, Thriller director Jackson over claims that he hasn't received any royalties from the video in four years.
The lawsuit follows an announcement made Monday by the Nederlander Organization that it had obtained rights to produce a musical version of Thriller, with Jackson due to be involved in every aspect of the creative process.
Director John Landis filed the suit last week in Los Angeles Superior Court through his company, Levitsky Prods., against Jackson and Optimum Prods.
After a spectacular theatrical premiere, the 'Thriller' video became a worldwide megahit and an iconic pop culture phenomenon that has continued to generate profits for defendants Optimum Prods and Michael Jackson, has wrongfully refused to pay or account for such profits to plaintiff, the suit said.
Landis co-wrote and directed in the music video in1983 and an hour-long documentary.