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Landis to Jacko -- This Time It's Personal

1/28/2009 9:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

John Landis & Michael JacksonJohn Landis has filed legal papers against Michael Jackson, claiming Jacko had no right to negotiate a deal to make a Broadway musical of "Thriller," without his consent.

Landis wrote and directed the "Thriller" video and documentary back in 1983. Reports surfaced recently that Jackson cut a deal with the Nederlander Organization wherein Jackson made a deal in excess of $400,000 for the musical. But Landis claims Jacko can't cut a deal without his consent.

Landis, through his lawyer, Miles Feldman, is asking a L.A. County Superior Court judge for a declaration that Jackson can't make the deal without his sign off.

Earlier this month the company that hired Landis to write and direct the video claims it hasn't received its 50% cut in "Thriller" profits for more than four years.

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Trophy wife Slim and Trim!!!!    

Do you think these two were ever lovers?

2071 days ago
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J BIGGS    

Don't mess with Jacko, he hasn't a lot of time left to live.

2071 days ago
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Trophy wife Slim and Trim!!!!    

Landis (god forgive me) looks developmentally delayed...

I heard that he and Michael were VERY close at one point and now it is like a perpetual catfight

2071 days ago
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Trophy wife Slim and Trim!!!!    

My daughter Lynn is a figure skater... a few years Michael jackson was at a rink with two of his children. The three of them watched Lynn skate and cheered her efforts...any how after skating Michael took us to lunch and later mailed Lynn a beautiful charm bracelet from Tiffany.

I also ran into John Landis buying some sanitary products at a Ralphs in San Royale.....

2071 days ago
5.

Dave    

he should Be IN JAIL.HE is a TYPE A--hole.Remember Vic MORROW.

2071 days ago
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Al    

...looks like John Landis gave up on the Diet Cokes. Remember, he always had one in his hand while making of Thriller?

2071 days ago
7.

Mrs Joe Jackson    

Is Michael Jackson still alive? .. Has he molested anyone lately?
Has he recorderd anyting lately?

Has he completed the Katrina victims song yet?

He is a turd.
A bankrupt turd.

2071 days ago
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pie    

Jackson starts using his biggest hit with a MTV video, because he needs the cash. Tap out every last penny in the Thriller formula, and Landis comes tumbling after. As a result, nobody wins. The cash runs out, and nobody want that 80's show to save Michael Jackson former fame.

Michael has a lawsuit hanging on him again, and will be an untouchable with future directors, spiraling further into debt with no light at the end of the tunnel.

I guess Michael will end up committing suicide when all the gigs dry up and revived as a child predator pedifier. – MTV promises of the early 1980’s turned out to be the future that never was.

2071 days ago
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99centz    

pal....dont mess with John Landis...a very talented & powerfull man....from "animal house'' to "the blues brothers" & many more clasic flick'z were all done by Landis the child molester will lose this one!!!Wow,what a great police chase with a u-haul we just had here in LA....2 + hour'z of thrill'z........................

2071 days ago
10.

Real    

The jew/black connection being broken down in a courtroom? Could this REALLY be happening? Yup!

2071 days ago
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Typical    

Typical of guys like John Landis. Typical if you know what I mean. Oye vey, I shouldn't make a dollar off of this??

2071 days ago
12.

Goy    

And the money lenders never let go of a penny. Destroy the country if they have to. BANKERS are all alike even if they call themselves "Directors." They'd screw anyone for a penny. Anyone. They do it all the time.

2071 days ago
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james    

Memo to John Landis:

I owe you a cut from 'The Twilight Zone'.

Sincerely,
Vic Morrow's Ghost

2071 days ago
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jules    

The murderer and the pedophile, only in Hollywood. Oh wait... the ACCUSED murderer and the ACCUSED pedaphile - I wouldn't want one of those nasty bastards suing me!

2071 days ago
15.

stellar    

Maybe John Landis should give some of that money he might get from Jacko & give it to the parents of the 2 kids who were beheaded on the set of his Twilight Zone segment.

2071 days ago
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