Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Documentary to Run on ABC

by | August 29, 2012 at 12:57 PM | TV News

Michael Jackson performs on stage during is 'HIStory' world tour concert at Ericsson Stadium November 10, 1996 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Phil Walter/Getty Images)

By Tim Kenneally

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – Michael Jackson is coming to ABC, easy as 1-2-3.

The network said Tuesday that it will air “BAD25,” a documentary about the deceased King of Pop directed by Spike Lee.

The documentary, which chronicles the creation of Jackson’s 1987 album “Bad,” will air on Thanksgiving. Further details will be released at a future date.

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Using archival footage from the Michael Jackson estate, the film “focuses on the creative forces that pushed Jackson to make the ‘Bad’ album and launch the Bad Worldwide Tour,” according to ABC.

The documentary also includes interviews conducted by Lee with Jackson confidants, choreographers and collaborators, including Martin Scorsese, who directed the “Bad” video, and Joe Pytka, who helmed the “Heal the World” video.

Lee himself directed the video for “They Don’t Care About Us,” from Jackson’s “HIStory” album.

“This will be a very special Thanksgiving for all families to enjoy the genius of Michael Jackson,” said Lee, who filmed the documentary in advance of the album’s 25th anniversary. “Big thanks to ABC for allowing people to witness the making of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ album.”

Released on August 31, 1987, “Bad” won two Grammy awards and was nominated for six, and spawned hits such as the title track, “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Smooth Criminal.” The album’s anniversary will be marked by the release of deluxe 25th anniversary editions of the album.

The album’s 25th anniversary will be celebrated on September 18, 2012 with the Legacy/Epic Records release of deluxe 25th anniversary editions of the album.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50, of acute propofol intoxication.