In the history of contemporary music, Michael Jackson contributions and influence are without an iota of doubt monumental, but when it comes to his contributions in film, it may depend on who you ask (based upon their age) what the pop icon offered to the silver screen. A youngin’ might not be even able to name one; another might randomly say Men in Black II; children of the ’80s and early ’90s will mention that film from Disney World (aka Captain EO); for those of the disco and new wave era, it’s all about The Wiz.
Three years following his first documentary, the posthumously released This Is It, comes another on the way, this time in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his 1987 album Bad. Iconic New Yorker Spike Lee will be one of the key producers of the film, which is slated to come later this year, as the two had worked together in the past, most notably for Jackson’s political video for “They Don’t Really Care About Us” which was shot in Brazil. Quoted by The Huffington Post, Lee remembers Jackson as “a friend,” and in researching for the project, he’s called the experience a “treasure chest of findings.” He guarantees that you won’t have be an unceasingly obsessed fan to “enjoy” what will be exclusive, never-before-seen footage of the greatest moonwalker, even footage that Jackson shot himself.
For those that are die-hard fans, they’ll learn even more about the making of Bad as the team behind the documentary were given 100% access to the vaults of the King of Pop. The famous director and producer also promises that a personal side of the talent will be shown through brief interviews from those that were there during the Bad period, including Sheryl Crow who was a back-up singer on his tour.
This September will officially mark the re-release of the album and a DVD, both with bonus material. The documentary. Additionally, if you’re in New York on August 25, be sure to check out Lee’s annual birthday party for Jackson in Brooklyn, which began the same year he died in 2009.–Carmen Shardae Jobson