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Captain EO Returns? Well, maybe...

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DISNEY D23 EXPO

Captain EO, the futuristic 3-D film starring Michael Jackson, played at Disney parks from 1986 to 1998, only to fade with the pop star’s recording career.

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But with Jackson’s death reigniting interest in (and sales of) his music, Walt Disney President and Chief Executive Bob Iger said he screened the film a few weeks ago ‘To see if there were some possibilities.’

Iger described Captain EO as a product of its time -- ‘essentially, an extended music video.’ While rudimentary by today’s entertainment standards, he said he found it ‘charming’ and ‘funny, too.’

Disney is considering what to do with the film, Iger said, adding that ‘it’s the kind of thing that will get a fair amount of attention.’

Iger offered no promises, though, about Captain EO and his musical alien crew will once again perform in Disney parks.

-- Dawn C. Chmielewski

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CREDIT: A costume worn by Michael Jackson in movie ‘Captain EO’ is displayed at the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim. (AP Photo/Disney, Scott Brinegar)

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