Before his death in 2009, Michael Jackson planned to expand his reach in the film business. But this was not unfamiliar territory to him. he has done movies like wiz, and provided music for projects such as ET The Extra-Terrestrial. At some point during the making of the classic, support me, he was tapped to record the theme song of the film. However, things went in a different direction.
Rob Reiner confirms Michael Jackson’s ‘Stand by Me’ musical story
support me was released in 1986 as a coming-of-age story centered on a group of friends trying to solve a murder. Directed by Rob Reiner, the cast included Corey Feldman, River Phoenix, Jerry O’Connell and Wil Wheaton. When the film’s 25. Feldman, Rainer and Wheaton reunited in 2010 to celebrateth anniversary, he provided commentary for a special DVD/Blu-ray edition.
And Feldman asked Rainer about Michael Jackson’s alleged involvement in creating a song for the film. those days, support me There was a different working title, but the story was set.
“Michael called me before the name change support me, and he said, ‘I saw the screening of your new film, and they’re asking me to do some music for it.’ and it was for Body,” Feldman told Reiner. He wanted to know if Jackson was writing the original song for the film.
Rainer clarified. “They were actually talking to Michael Jackson to sing a new version of ‘Stand by Me’ for the film,” he said, referring to the Ben E King song.
“Even though we all love Michael Jackson, I thought it was all about going back in time to 1959. And ‘Stand by Me’ really came out around 1960 – I think it was – and I wanted to stick with the original song. So the song we used was originally from Ben E King, which was No. 1 when it first came out 25 years ago.
Rainer recalled how the song had hit No. 1 again when the film came out in the ’80s.
The song influenced the title of the film
support me Based on a story from an anthology series by Stephen King. king book, different seasons, was a collection of novels which included Body And Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption. Body was adapted into support me Film with a title change. Rainer said he didn’t want audiences to assume the film was a Stephen King horror flick.
He then approached the songwriting team behind “Stand By Me” about using the track. The song’s co-writer Mike Stoller told Guardian He was curious who would sing it.
“Years later, director Rob Reiner called me to ask about using the song as the title of a new movie,” he said. “Ben’s version had been out for 25 years, and I wondered who they would get to re-record it, but Rob said he thought of the film as a period piece and wanted to use the original. I just said: ‘You are the boss.’ It was a surprising surprise when it was an even bigger hit this time around.”
River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton in music video
Ben E. King had footage of his performance of “Stand by Me” in the ’60s, but when the song became a hit again in 1986, he shot a music video. It featured Phoenix and Wheaton, and fans can still find it on YouTube. Phoenix is playing the guitar! To revisit the nostalgia movie, stream it on Amazon Prime.
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