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Spike Lee directing Michael Jackson documentary

By | Published on Wednesday 11 July 2012

Michael Jackson

Spike Lee has announced that he’s currently in the final stages of putting together a new documentary marking the 25th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ album.

Produced in conjunction with the estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music, the film features footage from the recording, promotion and touring of the album, as well as new interviews with many of those involved at the time and artists who have been influenced by it, including Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Cee-Lo Green and Sheryl Crow, who was a backing singer on the ‘Bad’ tour.

Lee said of the project: “I’m more than just a huge fan of Michael Jackson, and having the chance to actually know him and work with him, I deeply care about his legacy. With this ‘Bad’ project I was able to uncover just what made this such a huge, important coming of age in his career and unearth compelling stories surrounding the making of the album, the long awaited follow-up to ‘Thriller’ – the best selling album of all time – the short films and the tour that may have never seen the light of day”.

John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the estate of Michael Jackson, added in unison (harmonising quite beautifully, actually): “Spike Lee’s genius as a storyteller combined with his passion and first-hand appreciation of Michael’s artistry makes him the logical filmmaker to tell the story of ‘Bad’. We are thrilled to be working with him on this unique project”.

Watch a very brief clip featuring director Joe Pytka and choreographer Vince Paterson discussing the video for ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ here: