Spike Lee is set to release a documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of the late King of Pop’s Bad album.
Bad will be re-released September 18th with additional songs, a DVD, and other bonus treats, but that isn’t the only thing fans can look forward to. Lee has given his time and energy to create a documentary about the album and singer, saying, “You don’t have to be a Michael Jackson-head to enjoy this.”
Lee also added, “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. It’s going to be even bigger and better this year.”
What can people expect from the documentary? Lee went on to say, “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.”
This is not only an ode to Jackson, but the legacy and influence he left behind. In a recent interview, Lee revealed, “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.”
The documentary has no official date yet, but the world can expect to see it sometime later this year.