UPDATE: Spike Lee’s BAD 25 Documentary will air on ABC on Thanksgiving Day. ”This will be a very special Thanksgiving for all families to enjoy the genius of Michael Jackson… Big thanks to ABC for allowing people to witness the making of Michael Jackson’s ‘BAD’ album. Shamon,” said Spike Lee in a statement. Prior to ABC’s broadcast premiere of Bad 25, the album’s 25th Anniversary will also be celebrated, on September 18, 2012, with the Legacy/Epic Records release of deluxe 25th Anniversary editions of the album.
For a limited time, you will also be able to see Bad 25 in theaters in New York and California:
- New York: Oct. 19 to 26 at AMC Loews Theater; 66 Third Ave.
- Los Angeles: Oct. 26 to Nov. 2 at Chinese 6 Theaters; 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
According to Colorlines.com, Spike Lee’s documentary commemorating the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s “BAD” album and worldwide tour is in the final stages of post production. The film’s release is expected to coincide on the 25th anniversary of the album and will be released on September 18th, 2012.
The documentary features over 40 interviews conducted personally by Spike Lee with Jackson’s confidants, choreographers, musicians and other collaborators and focuses on Jackson’s career around the time of 1987’s BAD album and tour.
“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,” Lee said in a statement. “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.”
In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Lee said the film includes a “treasure chest of findings” of never before seen footage.
“We have footage in this documentary that no one’s ever seen, stuff that Michael shot himself, behind-the-scenes stuff,” Lee said.
Besides the documentary, Lee also plans to hold his now annual birthday tribute to Jackson in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, on Aug. 25; Jackson would have turned 54 this year.
Below is a snippet from the documentary, revealing how “people just froze” during the filming of Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” music video.