10/23/2012 01:55 pm ET

Tim Burton & Michael Jackson: Director Wanted To Make A Musical 'House Of Wax' Remake Starring MJ

Tim Burton is never one to shy away from the bizarre and unexpected. While he has been able to push many boundaries, sometimes getting the studio on board is his biggest problem.

"My favorite one was when I tried to convince the studio to make my idea of a musical version of 'House Of Wax' with Michael Jackson," Burton tells Yahoo! UK. "It was many years ago but that's the one that springs to mind. They did not go for that one at all."

"House of Wax" was originally released in 1953 as a horror movie (it was a remake of 1933's "Mystery of the Wax Museum"). The film centers around a Madame Tussauds-esque wax museum and the spooky turn it takes after being set on fire. It was remade in 2005, starring Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton.

Though Jackson had limited experience as an actor, Burton wasn't the only big-name director who wanted to make a film with him. Jackson made his screen debut in the 1978 film Sidney Lumet film "The Wiz," playing The Scarecrow. He also starred in the short film "Captain EO" for director Francis Ford Coppola. In 2002, director Barry Sonnenfeld hired Jackson to cameo as Agent M in "Men In Black II." Even Martin Scorsese got into the Jackson business: He directed the video for "Bad," which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a new documentary from director Spike Lee.

For more, head over to Yahoo! UK.

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