Michael Jackson 'Bad 25' Documentary is Coming!

July 13, 2012 By:
Michael Jackson 'Bad 25' Documentary is Coming!

Just like his music on your iTunes playlist, Michael Jackson’s legacy is still going strong.

A new documentary is underway about the pop icon’s making of his legendary 1987 album Bad. The man pulling the strings to get this project produced is the equally legendary Spike Lee.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee has uncovered a “treasure chest of findings” while looking through footage of the star.

"We have footage in this documentary that no one's ever seen, stuff that Michael shot himself, behind-the-scenes stuff,” he said.

The film is in honor the 25 year anniversary of Jackson’s seventh studio album. Bad, his follow-up to Thriller, includes megahits like “Smooth Criminal,” “Man in the Mirror” and of course the title track “Bad.”

The director was friends with the late singer, and as a result, was given full access to his archives.

“He wrote 60 demos for the Bad record,” he said. “Only 11 made it. So we got to hear a lot of that stuff, too, so it was just a great experience."

Also in honor of the 25th anniversary, the album will be re-released on September 18. Jackson’s image will also appear on a collectible “Bad 25” Pepsi can in honor the soda giant’s “Live for Now” campaign.

In addition to the music side of the oncoming doc, the film will highlight a softer side of the “Beat It” singer.

“He had a great sense of humor, and he was funny - so you'll see a lot of that stuff," said Lee.

The documentary includes interviews with current music icons such as Kanye West, Mariah Carey, and L.A. Reid.

Lee’s exploration into the non-narrative spectrum of films include award winning documentaries like 4 Little Girls and When the Levees Broke, which shined a spotlight on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

But, for now, the focus is all on Michael…

"It's going to be even bigger and better this year," he said.