Documentary based on music icon’s life to become a reality as director finalises production.
A documentary on Michael Jackson’s life, titled BAD, is in the process of being finalised by Hollywood director, Spike Lee.
Lee has confirmed that he is working on a documentary of the late legend’s life which will chronicle his musical history and features interviews with Jackson’s friends, family and work associates. The documentary is scheduled for release on 17 September.
"With this BAD project I was able to uncover just what made this [the album Bad] such a huge, important coming of age in his career and unearth compelling stories surrounding the making of the album, the long awaited follow-up to Thriller – the best selling album of all time – the short films and the tour that may have never seen the light of day,” Lee said. "I’m more than just a huge fan of Michael Jackson, and having the chance to actually know him and work with him, I deeply care about his legacy."
Lee added that there was rare footage of Jackson that was shot exclusively by the star himself. "We had complete access to the vaults of Michael Jackson... He wrote 60 demos for the Bad record. Only 11 made it. So we got to hear a lot of that stuff, too, so it was just a great experience.
"You don't have to be a Michael Jackson-head to enjoy this. We really divided it into two things: Artists today who were influenced by Michael, and then people who worked side by side — musicians, songwriters, technicians, engineers, people at the label – who were all committed to Michael, to the follow-up to the biggest record of all time, which still is Thriller.
Executors of Jackson’s estate have expressed their satisfaction with Lee’s work by stating his passion and previous work led him to be the logical choice of director.
Lee has extensive experience in the film industry, having produced over 35 films with his company, 40 Acres and a Mule. Lee has won two Emmy awards and has been nominated for two Oscars.
Sources: www.taletela.com, movies.msn.com