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"Midknight"—an MJ adventure movie musical project that never came to pass.

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

In November 1991, news began swirling about a new movie musical titled "Midknight." The film's screenplay was co-written by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Etc.) and Larry Wilson (Beetle Juice, The Addams Family, Etc.)—and was to be directed by Anton Furst with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson in the lead role.


According to Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures, The musical fantasy film was the biggest movie project Michael had discussed with Sony Pictures Entertainment.


The action-musical storyline about a meek young man by day—turned singing and dancing hero at the stroke of midnight was conceptualized by Michael. The project was set to be released sometime in 1992 or 1993—but fell apart when the film's director, Anton Furst, committed suicide in 1991. Furst was a production designer for films such as "Full Metal Jacket" and Tim Burton's "Batman."


Besides a few articles with Amy Pascal and Caroline Thompson—there's not much information about the project regarding any production or filming. However, according to Caroline Thompson, the project was turned in.


To read a full article with screenwriter Caroline Thompson about the film—and her visit to Neverland along with Anton First and Amy Pascal, check out the following link:



(Please note: there are some things in the interview that unnerved me. However, the article does give more information about the film and such.)


In addition, here's two other informative write-ups about the project—one being a deep dive into Michael's movie projects and "Window Dressing."




I would love to read the screenplay for the movie if it still exists. Oh, how I wish Michael could have acted and directed in more films. I love watching him act—he was so amazingly talented.


Here are a few pictures of the film's concept art—created by Artist Greg Hildebrandt, who has done fantasy artwork for "Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and more!"


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Onbekend lid
30 sep. 2021

Yes, I think Michael in a film as a super hero would have been fund. But that article and Ms. Thompson comments leave much to be desired. How could she claim that no one knew how well Michael's acting skills would be received? I guess none of them saw 'The Wiz' where many critics say he brought life to that film. Or they never watched any of his short films like, 'Bad', 'Thriller', 'Beat It' and let's not forget 'Capitan Eo'. I took note of when the article was published, and it occurred after Michael passed, so that gave me a moment for pause. We all know when it came to business, Michael was always very attentive, and h…

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Onbekend lid
07 okt. 2021
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Totally Agree with all you stated! Thanks always for your insightful comments! You're on the money--per usual. Michael was a fantastic actor! 💯

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Onbekend lid
20 sep. 2021

I love this concept so much! i wish this was actually filmed and produced but sadly this is one of the many projects that never came about 😞

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07 okt. 2021
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I agree! I so wish this film would have been made! Like everything he does, it would have been amazing! 💯

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