Disney says no plans to bring back Jackson 3D film

Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:44pm EDT
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By Sue Zeidler

ANAHEIM, California (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co on Thursday dashed fan speculation that it plans to resurrect the Michael Jackson 3-D film "Captain EO" in its theme parks, saying the 1986 short movie is dated.

"There aren't plans to bring back 'Captain EO' at this time," Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger said at a news conference.

"We are looking at it. It's the kind of thing that, if we did it, would get a fair amount of attention and we'd want to make sure we do it right."

Iger said he and four Disney executives recently viewed the 17-minute movie that was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and noted that special-effects production techniques have advanced significantly since the film was made. Jackson's face also changed markedly in the intervening years.

"There's a simplicity to it," Iger said. "He's (Jackson) charming."

Iger said he has held no discussions with representatives for Jackson's estate. It was not clear who owns the film.

Since Jackson's death in June, the film has enjoyed a resurgence of interest on the Internet.

Some websites speculated that Disney would announce a reintroduction of "Captain EO" during its current D23 fan expo in Anaheim, the southern California city where Disneyland is based.   Continued...