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First Look At Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson ‘Bad’ Documentary + Film & Album Release Details

First Look At Spike Lee's Michael Jackson 'Bad' Documentary + Film & Album Release Details

As we already know, Spike Lee has been working on a Michael Jackson documentary, in collaboration with the estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music.

The doc, which is said to be in its final stages of post-production, focuses on MJ’s landmark BAD album and worldwide tour.

And more…

The project marks the first ever in-depth, behind the scenes film project to chronicle a Michael Jackson album, and is being filmed amid the 25th anniversary celebration of the iconic album, record-breaking world tour and groundbreaking short films that changed music history. The documentary features over 40 interviews conducted personally by Spike Lee with Michael’s confidants, choreographers, musicians and other collaborators who collectively unveil the real story of this “coming of age” project through their vivid recollections of what it was like to work day in and day out and live this project with Michael. BAD’s lasting influence is captured through interviews with some of today’s top artists, including Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Cee Lo Green and Sheryl Crow, who was a back-up singer on the BAD tour.

Spike Lee, who directed both short films for Michael Jackson’s They Don’t Care About Us in 1996, said in the press statement: “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.

The album, which was the third and final album collaboration for Jackson and Quincy Jones, was #1 around the world, made history with five consecutive #1 singles on the Billboard chart, produced ten chart-topping singles, was nominated for six Grammys and won two, and to date, has sold over 45 Million units.

Spike Lee’s film supports the 25th anniversary of BAD, which will also be celebrated with the September 18th release of BAD 25, a deluxe package featuring three CDs, two collectible booklets, and features the first-ever authorized DVD release of a concert from the record breaking BAD tour, the concert at Wembley Stadium on July 16, 1988 attended by Princess Diana, Prince Charles and a sold-out crowd of 72,000 fans.

A BAD 25 two-CD standard edition, featuring the original album plus the CD of demos and new remixes, will also be made available as will a stand alone edition of the DVD and a picture disc of the original album.

Got all that?

While you wait, here’s a newly-released short clip from Spike’s film (and underneath it, you’ll find a promo for the BAD 25 Wembley concert):

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Why are people still hooked on the negative stuff? He was found not guilty of any crimes against children by the court of law. So why is it hard to except his innocents? Michael said that he has a skin disease which explains his skin tone and everyone in hollywood has had plastic surgery one way or another. Just listening to the words of his songs one can tell he was well aware of his heritage, but he much rather have a world of complete unity and color blind. Now is that to bad to ask for? Just because one is black does not mean he can't have any higher expectations except being only pro-black. The man lived his whole life entertaining and bringing joy to our hearts so why is it so hard to remember the positive things like the music, the dance and the message. I'm sure if any of those accusations were true they would be in the film, remember Spike Lee is a realist, but the fact of the matter is they are just made up accusations by the media and you are still falling for it. Before you judge another you must first start with the Man In The Mirror


Wow, I'm sold. I wouldn't even mind seeing a separate doc for all of his solo albums; that's how big of an impact he had. I was born just before the Bad album was released, and I grew up with that Michael. I watched tons of tour concerts from that project, and I was always amused/confused by the white folks passing out and having to be carried out over people's heads, lol. I also had Moonwalker on VHS.


No one does documentary like Spike. I think it will do well.


Spike's a decent doc filmmaker. Narrative, not so much.

James Madison

Curious to see this and I wonder if he will interview Martin Scorsese for thought on filming the short film/video "Bad".


Can't say that I'm interested in looking at a documentary about a pedophile that got away. I had enough of Michael Jackson in the aftermath of his death. If MJ, a man who made a career of racial evisceration, is still considered black, does blackness really mean anything?

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