Throwback Article: Michael Jackson New Drawing Card For Disney (Published July 25, 1985)

Source: Chicago Tribune – By By United Press International


L: Francis Ford Coppola; Middle: Michael, R: George Lucas

HOLLYWOOD — Rock star Michael Jackson is finishing a 12-minute musical space fantasy film that will become a major new attraction at Disney`s theme parks in Florida and southern California, it was reported.

Francis Ford Coppola, who directed “The Godfather,“ is directing the Disney film with George Lucas, who directed “Star Wars,” as executive producer, the Los Angeles Times said in its Wednesday editions. The Times said Disney was expected to announce the project Thursday.

Jackson, the hottest property of 1984, whose last solo album, “Thriller,” released in 1982, sold more than 30 million copies, is singing several new songs and dancing.

The project is expected to play a pivotal role in strengthening the appeal of Disney’s parks, the Epcot Center at Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim, the Times said.

The film will be titled “Captain EO,” the Times said, and will feature several new characters from Lucas’s “Star Wars” galaxy. Filming has been going on for several months and will be completed this weekend, the newspaper said.

Disney spokesmen would not say how much the film will cost, but a source told the Times it is projected to cost between $10 million and $15 million.


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