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Tim Burton’s crazy Michael Jackson movie idea

In our exclusive chat, Tim Burton told Yahoo! Movies he once tried to make a bizarre movie starring pop legend Michael Jackson.

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Having struggled to find appreciation for his 'Frankenweenie' movie idea, we asked the eccentric director what other films he'd created that never made it to the big screen.

Thrilled?... Michael Jackson in his Thriller video (Copyright: REX)

He told us: "My favourite one was when I tried to convince the studio to make my idea of a musical version of 'House Of Wax' with Michael Jackson. It was many years ago but that's the one that springs to mind."

When asked how far the project went it seems it was shot down at first glance.

"They did not go for that one at all," Burton admitted.

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'House Of Wax' is a 1953 horror film (remade in 2005) about a man who creates a Madame Tussauds-style museum filled with waxworks. The tale takes a more sinister turn when it's revealed that the artist was using human bodies to create the statues.

We decided to pitch the idea to his 'Frankenweenie' movie producers, Allison Abbate and Don Hahn, who immediately laughed at the idea and sarcastically joked that "it was too late for it but it would have been great... Wow, where's my telephone?"

We think it's safe to say they still don't like it.

Watch the full interview below: