LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Broadway producer James L. Nederlander says he's hopeful a legal duel over "Thriller" rights can be resolved. John Landis, who directed the iconic music video, sued Nederlander and former collaborator Michael Jackson in Santa Monica, Calif., on Wednesday. His lawsuit states that Landis owns half of the video's dramatic rights and says Jackson doesn't have the proper rights to pursue a deal with Nederlander to bring "Thriller" to Broadway. In a statement Thursday, Nederlander said: "I'm confident that these past differences can be worked out." Landis' lawyer said Wednesday the director will sue to stop the production if necessary. An attorney who has represented Jackson hasn't returned a phone message seeking comment.
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