Spike Lee Is Working on a new Michael Jackson Documentary to Celebrate the Bad Albums 25th Year.
As part of the 25th anniversary of the “Bad” album, Spike Lee will be working on a documentary that will tell the story behind the scenes. Although Spike personally knew Michael, he says he still learned much more after being allowed to watch never seen before footage of the legendary superstar. Spike says,
“We have footage in this documentary that no one’s ever seen, stuff that Michael shot himself, behind-the-scenes stuff, We had complete access to the vaults of Michael Jackson. … He wrote 60 demos for the ‘Bad’ record. Only 11 made it. So we got to hear a lot of that stuff, too, so it was just a great experience.”
“You don’t have to be a Michael Jackson-head to enjoy this.”
Spike says that his documentary will allow you to see Michael from a more personal side. Also for the documentary he interviewed modern day industry giants, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, L.A. Reid and Sheryl Crow to just name a few.
He explains that the documentary is split between artists impacted by Michael and artists who worked along side him,
“We really divided it into two things: Artists today who were influenced by Michael, and then people who worked side by side — musicians, songwriters, technicians, engineers, people at the label, who were all committed to Michael, to the follow-up to the biggest record of all time, which still is ‘Thriller.'”
Lee will be holding his annual tribute to Jackson in Prospect Park in Brooklyn this summer on August 25th, he says this year it will be bigger and better,
“This year we’re going to focus on the ‘Bad’ album, we’re going to focus on the 25th anniversary, but at the same time we’re going to play his full catalog, including the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons,” he said. “It’s going to be even bigger and better this year.”
Lee’s documentary will just be one component in a multilayered celebration of MJ’s “Bad” album’s 25th anniversary. There will be an official re-release of the album on Sept 18th . It will feature additional tracks, a DVD and other bonus material. Spikes documentary which is still untitled will also be released later this year although a due date has not be identified.[more…]