SHOWTIME will debut the world television premiere of Spike Lee’s latest documentary, “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall,” on Friday, February 5th at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with multiple plays throughout the month on-air, on demand and over the internet.
The film focuses on a rarely examined chapter of Jackson’s career as he evolves from the lead singer of Jackson 5 to a solo artist recording what will become his breakthrough, seminal 1979 pop record, “Off The Wall.” Audiences will travel with the global superstar as he strikes a new path with CBS Records, first with his brothers as The Jacksons and then stepping out on his own to create his own music with his own team. The portrait traces how an earnest, passionate, hard-working young man becomes the “King of Pop.”
“Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall” contains a wealth of footage, including material from Michael’s personal archive, and in his own words. The documentary also includes interviews with prominent entertainment and sports stars including Lee Daniels, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Kobe Bryant, Misty Copeland, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove, L.A. Reid, and more, as well as his parents Katherine and Joe Jackson, and his brothers Jackie and Marlon Jackson.
“Off The Wall” created a whole new category in pop music. Written by Michael Jackson, the first single from “Off The Wall,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” earned Jackson his first Grammy and was his first single to hit No. 1 in the U.S. and internationally as a solo artist. The album was an enormous commercial success; as of 2014 it is certified eight times platinum in the United States and has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. “Off The Wall” not only “invented pop music as we know it,” wrote Rolling Stone, it transcended music and entertainment altogether, becoming an important moment in African American history.
The film is produced by Spike Lee, John Branca and John McClain.
SHOWTIME has released a first clip from the film: