Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson Documentary: Bad 25

Every subgenre needs its classic, and so Spike Lee’s Bad 25 is what amounts to the greatest Behind the Music episode of all time. Frenetically paced, ingeniously constructed and brimming with hilarious anecdotes, the look back on the creation of 1987’s Bad (the one that had the enormous task of following Thriller), elevates the rock doc to an art form. At over two hours in length, what could have felt like a bloated obituary is unmistakably alive. Although it’s unlikely that it would have been assembled were it not for the death of its primary subject, Bad 25 proves that Jackson’s legacy has nearly made him immortal. — Gawker

The trailer aired on ABC’s “The View” and shows a montage of scenes from “Micheal Jackson BAD25,” Spike Lee’s film that follows the creation of Michael Jackson’s 1987 multi-platinum album Bad. The documentary will include archived footage from video shoots and studio sessions as well as commentary from Kanye West, L.A. Reid, Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Sheryl Crow, ?uestlove, and journalists Nelson George, Danyel Smith and Jason King.

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

The film will air nationally on Thursday, November 22, at 9:30 pm on ABC.


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