Michael Jackson Finishing New Album, Eyeing Film Career

The new millennium may see a new Michael Jackson, if recent reports are to be believed.

According to "The New York Post," Jackson is currently finishing up his next album and is eyeing a career in movies. The singer, whose only notable film appearance was in 1978's "The Wiz," is set to star in an upcoming film called "The Nightmare Of Edgar Allan Poe." The film is scheduled to start shooting in Montreal next fall.

The film's producer, Gary Pudney, told the "Post" that "Michael has always been fascinated by the writings of Poe and by his bizarre death at age 40." He also says that Jackson's next album may be his last, as the singer "quite rightly" feels that he's done all that there is to be done music, and that after the album is out, Jackson plans to devote his time to the movie business.

Jackson's album, slated for a spring release, features production by Rodney Jerkins and David Foster and may include a collaboration with Dru Hill (see "Michael Jackson Taps Rodney Jerkins, David Foster To Produce Next Record" and "Dru Hill Gets Acting Tips From Will Smith, Plans Track With Michael Jackson").