July 10, 2012


New York, NY – It
was announced today that Academy Award nominated filmmaker Spike Lee,
inconjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music, 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 andgroundbreaking 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 some of today’s top artists,
including 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.”

Among the interviewees are Oscar-winning
film director Martin Scorcese, Joe Pytka andother 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

John Branca and John
McClain, co-executors of The Estate of Michael Jackson 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

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