Mysterious Michael Jackson ‘Scream’ Project Coming Sept. 29

Mysterious Michael Jackson 'Scream' Project Coming

Late Sunday Michael Jackson’s Twitter account posted a short video advertising a project called “Scream.” No details about the project were shared — although John Branca, co-executor of the late singer’s estate, did offer some vague hints in an interview with Variety at the Venice Film Festival on Monday, where a 3-D version of Jackson’s 1983 “Thriller” video premiered.

“Now we have ‘Thriller’ 3-D, and two more announcements are coming up in the next couple of weeks,” Branca told Variety, declining to elaborate further. “Michael had an expression: ‘The quality goes in before the name goes on.’ So we are not ready to announce them yet.”

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Asked if there may be an album coming of unreleased recordings from the vaults, Branca said: “I don’t foresee us releasing any more unreleased music for quite some time.” But he added: “That doesn’t mean there won’t be interesting [new] record releases in the very near future.”

According to multiple reports on Twitter as well as the site HipHop N More, posters advertising the project have appeared in Europe that read “Michael Jackson Scream: Album Out Sept. 29.” However, judging by Branca’s comments, this may be a themed compilation of some kind — and judging by the animated teaser video, which includes a black cat, spiders and other spooky images, it may have a Halloween theme.

Reps for Branca and Jackson’s longtime label Epic Records, which signed a $200 million deal with the estate in 2010 and has issued two albums of unreleased material, had not responded to Variety‘s requests for further comment at press time.

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