Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy has revealed the amazing trailer that took Hall H by storm at San Diego Comic-Con with its use of Michael Jackon’s “Thriller” almost didn’t include the King of Pop’s classic hit.
For the first season of the Netflix smash hit series, Levy managed to get Lucasfilm’s approval for a toy version of the Millennium Falcon to appear but the producer revealed to io9 at San Diego Comic-Con that getting the rights to the use of “Thriller” was the biggest challenge he’s ever faced as a producer:
“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to pull off as a producer. We were rejected repeatedly. For months. A month ago, it was over. And we had another trailer that was being shipped to San Diego. And it did not have that song. The [Duffer] brothers and I would watch it and it just really ate away at us because we knew it was a great trailer, but with Thriller… it’s next level.”
Levy went on to add that he decided to give it another go, ultimately lead to them landing a deal to use the song which would then send Hall H into a cheer as the iconic narration from Vincent Price kicked in:
“I basically decided to be a massive pain in the ass and I went back into bull-headed producer mode and I figured out a way to work out a deal and license Thriller.”
Stranger Things 2 stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp. The series has also added Sean Astin (The Goonies), Paul Reiser (Aliens), Brett Gelman (Jobs), Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers), Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen, and Broadway star Sadie Sink into the mix as well. Here’s the official synopsis:
It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix October 27, 2017.