July 10, 2012


Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Doc Will Feature MJ-Filmed Footage

John Lamparski
John Lamparski

With the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's classic album Bad approaching, there is (naturally) a slew of commemorative material on the way. Although the upcoming bonus track version of Bad is exciting, the truly sublime news is that Spike Lee is directing a documentary about the making of Michael Jackson's seminal 1987 pop record. And you can start freaking out now, because it's set to release before the end of this year (even though it doesn't have a title yet).

Even cooler—or badder, if you will—is Lee's recent revelation: His popumentary will include previously unseen footage shot by Jackson himself.

"We have footage in this documentary that no one's ever seen, stuff that Michael shot himself, behind the scenes stuff," Lee said in a recent interview with the AP. "We had complete access to the vaults of Michael Jackson."

Lee—who worked with Jackson on the video for his controversial single "They Don't Really Care About Us"—said he was privy to dozens of unused Bad demos while researching this project. "[Jackson] 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." If you needed any more proof that Spike Lee has an awesome life, well, there you go.

What do you think? Excited to see footage shot by MJ himself? I'm intensely curious to see what Jackson—who worked with directors like Martin Scorsese and John Landis as well during his lifetime—was like behind the camera, even if just for home movies.