Following its Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival screenings over the next month, Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson documentary, in collaboration with the estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music, titled Bad25, will air on ABC on Thanksgiving Day; specific details to be revealed later, according to the press release.
ABC has acquired the television rights to Bad25, which shares fresh insights into the King of Pop’s creative vision that resulted in his landmark Bad album, marking its 25th anniversary this year.
“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.
The film promises rare and never-before-seen footage, and the first ever in-depth, behind-the-scenes film project to chronicle a Michael Jackson album and tour.
Included will be numerous interviews conducted personally by Spike Lee, including Jackson’s confidants, choreographers, musicians and collaborators.
Prior to ABC’s broadcast premiere of Bad25, 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.
We’ve been teased with a clip or two of Bad25; a full trailer should premiere soon.