There is increasing speculation that Disneyland and Walt Disney World will bring back Michael Jackson's 3D movie Captain EO early in 2010.
Fans of Jackson have been clamoring for the show's return since pop superstar Jackson's death in June. The latest rumor, from MiceAge, suggests that Captain EO will return at Disneyland in February 2010, once commercial issues have been ironed out.
The show would return in its old home, the Magic Eye Theater. The theater currently houses Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!, which replaced Captain EO after its closure in 1997. If Disneyland is successful in reviving the show, it is likely that Epcot at Walt Disney World will also see Captain EO return at its Imagination theater (which also currently houses Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!).
It is not yet clear whether the Jackson movie would return for an extended run or for a limited period only. Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! could be set for replacement at both parks in the next few years, so it is possible that Disney might use Captain EO as a stop-gap while it decides on a new show to take its place in the long-run.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and executive-produced by Star Wars creator George Lucas, Captain EO was produced in 1986 when Jackson was at the peak of his fame. The show's story sees the eponymous Captain EO (played by Jackson) and the crew of his spaceship travelling to deliver a message to the wicked Witch Queen.
At just 17 minutes long, the film cost a massive $30 million to produce. It included "4D" elements such as lasers, smoke effects and starfields. At the time it was the most expensive film ever produced if measured per-minute (at $1.76 million), however this has since been topped by Universal's Terminator 2:3D at $5 million per-minute.
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