On May 8, 1997 Michael's new short film "Ghosts" was shown at the 50th Cannes Film Festival. Michael attended the screening which took place at midnight in the main auditorium. Michael received excellent critics for his acting, the ground-breaking special effects and for the story of the film itself, "Ghosts", with excellent critics, a great success for Michael. The film was directed by Stan Winston and written by Stephen King and Michael Jackson. Plans for the film were already confirmed in May 1994. News said that Stan Winston, the special effects wizard who worked with Michael on "The Wiz" in 1978, is involved in Michael's planned musical remake of the fantasy film, "The Seven Faces Of Dr. Lao". Their collaboration turned out to be the film "Ghosts".