July 09, 2012


New York, NY – It was announced today that Academy Award
nominated filmmaker Spike Lee, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael
Jackson and Legacy/Epic Records, is in the final stages of post production of a
Michael Jackson documentary focusing on Michael’s landmark BAD album and
worldwide tour. The project marks the first ever in-depth, behind the scenes
film project to chronicle a Michael Jackson album, and is being filmed amid the
25th anniversary celebration of the iconic album, record-breaking world tour
and groundbreaking short films that changed music history. The documentary
features over 40 interviews conducted personally by Spike Lee with Michael’s
confidants, choreographers, musicians and other collaborators who collectively
unveil the real story of this “coming of age” project through their vivid
recollections of what it was like to work day in and day out and live this
project with Michael. BAD‘s lasting influence is captured through
interviews with top talent including Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Kanye West, Mariah
Carey, Cee Lo Green and Sheryl Crow, who was a back-up singer on the BAD tour.

The Michael Jackson BAD documentary joins an incredible body of Spike Lee documentaries including the
Peabody and Emmy Award winning, When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts
and its follow up, If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don’t Rise, Kobe Doin’ Work,
and the Oscar Nominated, 4 Little Girls.  Lee directed both short films
for Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us” in 1996.

Spike Lee comments, “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.  With this BAD project I was able to uncover just what made this 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.”

John Branca and John
McClain, co-executors of The Estate of Michael Jackson and Executive Producers
of the documentary comment,  “Spike Lee’s genius as a storyteller combined
with his passion and first-hand appreciation of Michael’s artistry makes him
the logical filmmaker to tell the story of BAD. We are thrilled to be
working with him on this unique project.”

Chairman of Epic Records
and Co-Executive Producer of the documentary, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, comments,
“It was an honor and a privilege to work closely with Spike Lee to create this
documentary. Spike has such a great love of Michael that it was apparent that
he was the only person who could make this film.”

Among the interviewees are
Oscar-winning film director Martin Scorcese, Joe Pytka and other filmmakers who
worked with Michael to bring the stories in his songs to life on the screen
through short films that remain today some of the most vivid and creative
storytelling by a musical artist as well as one of his Michael’s personal
engineers, Matt Forger, who worked with Michael at the recording studio at
Michael’s Hayvenhurst home where the songs first came to life, keyboardist Greg
Phillinganes, who worked on the album and then the BAD Tour. Also
shedding light on the BAD album, short films and tour are individuals
like former CBS Head Walter Yetnikoff, as well as choreographers Jeffrey Daniel
and Vincent Paterson.

The third and final album
collaboration for Jackson and Quincy Jones, BAD launched a pivotal
coming of age for the King of Pop as a performer, composer and producer. The
album was #1 around the world, made history with five consecutive #1 singles on
the Billboard chart, produced ten chart-topping singles, nine ground breaking
short films and to date, the BAD album has generated over 45 Million
units in sales. BAD was nominated for six Grammys and won two; the album
earned Michael the first-ever Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMA Awards.
 Songs on the original album are:   “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me
Feel,” “Speed Demon,” “Liberian Girl,” “Just Good Friends” featuring Stevie
Wonder, “Another Part of Me,”  “Man in the Mirror,” “I Just Can’t Stop
Loving You,” “Dirty Diana,” “Smooth Criminal,” with “Leave Me Alone” added to
the CD version of the album once released.

Spike Lee’s film supports
the 25th anniversary of BAD, which will also be celebrated with the
September 18th release of BAD 25, a must-have deluxe package featuring
three CDs, two collectible booklets, and features the first-ever authorized DVD
release of a concert from the record breaking BAD tour, the concert at
Wembley Stadium on July 16, 1988 attended by Princess Diana, Prince Charles and
a sold-out crowd of 72,000 fans. A BAD 25 two CD standard edition
featuring the original album plus the CD of demos and new remixes will also be
made available as will a stand alone edition of the DVD and a picture disc of
the original album.

More details on this and
other exciting projects relating to BAD‘s 25th anniversary will be
announced soon.

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