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Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Doc 'Bad 25' Picked Up By ABC For a Thanksgiving Broadcast

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire August 30, 2012 at 10:08AM

Spike Lee's "Bad 25," a documentary about Michael Jackson and the making of his seminal "Bad" album (a quarter-century old this year), has been picked up by ABC for a Thanksgiving broadcast premiere.
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Spike Lee's "Bad 25," a documentary about Michael Jackson and the making of his seminal "Bad" album (a quarter-century old this year), has been picked up by ABC for a Thanksgiving broadcast premiere.

Lee made the film in cooperation with Jackson's estate and Legacy/Epic Records, and includes in it never-before-seen footage of the King of Pop as he records and then tours to support "Bad." According to ABC, this is "the first ever in-depth, behind-the-scenes film project to chronicle a Michael Jackson album and tour." Lee's interviewees include Martin Scorsese, Joe Pytka, Quincy Jones, Mariah Carey, Kanye West and many others.

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The album's 25th anniversary is on September 18th, and will be commemorated with deluxe rereleases of the album. "Bad 25" is premiering at the Venice Film Festival tomorrow before heading to Toronto.

Lee's most recent scripted film, "Red Hook Summer," is currently in theaters. His past nonfiction work includes Katrina doc "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" and its follow up, "If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise," as well as "Kobe Doin' Work" and the Oscar-nominated "4 Little Girls."

Lee directed both music videos for Michael Jackson's "They Don't Care About Us" in 1996. Here's one of them, below, filmed in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador in Brazil.

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