Over 30 years after its release, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” remains the highest selling album of all time. Such massive success is outstanding, but in some ways it has also eclipsed Jackson’s other artistic accomplishments, particularly the just-as-great “Off the Wall.”
The album was his first solo record for CBS Records and found Jackson transforming himself from the precocious youngster of the Jackson 5 to a superstar in his own right. This transitional period has now been covered by Spike Lee in a brand new documentary, “Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall,” which will have its world television premiere on Showtime after screening at the upcoming Sundance Festival.
Lee dives straight into Jackson’s personal archives to track the making of “Off the Wall,” which included hits like “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Rock with You.” He also captures Jackson’s lasting legacy and influence by interviewing fans such as Lee Daniels, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Kobe Bryant, Misty Copeland, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove, and L.A. Reid, along with his parents, Katherine and Joe Jackson, and his brothers, Jackie and Marlon Jackson.
The director knows a thing or two about Jackson after directing several music videos for the pop icon and directing another Jackson documentary, “Bad 25,” a few years back.
Showtime will debut “Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall” on February 5 across all platforms. Check out the new poster above.