Director Is Jackoed-Off

Jan. 27 2009, Published 6:52 a.m. ET

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Things started out good this week for Michael Jackson, with the report that he'd sold the Broadway rights to a pair of his albums. However, just a day later things have gone south.

John Landis, the director of Animal House who also directed the Thriller video, has sued the singer for unpaid profit sharing owed to him for the last 4 years. Seems that 26 years ago, Landis was contractually guaranteed 50% of the profits from the video. That includes the rights to adapt it for Broadway.

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The problem, for Landis, is finding out who's running the show for Jackson. The one time king of pop doesn't seem to have his former bank of attorneys, and his sole spokesperson is Tohme Tohme whom no one seems to know what he does... other than that he's an LA MD.

Weirder and weirder. Like that's a surprise?


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