ABC has acquired the television rights to “BAD25,” a documentary film by the award-winning director Spike Lee. Airing at Thanksgiving, “BAD25” shares fresh insights into the making of Jackson’s landmark “BAD” album, this year marking its 25th anniversary.
From the archives of The Estate of Michael Jackson and Legacy/Epic Records, Spike Lee will feature rare and never-before-seen footage that focuses on the creative forces that pushed Jackson to make the “BAD” album and launch the BAD Worldwide Tour.
“BAD25” marks the first ever in-depth, behind-the-scenes film project to chronicle a Michael Jackson album and tour.
“BAD” was the third and final album collaboration for Jackson and Quincy Jones. The album was No. 1 around the world, made history with five consecutive No. 1 singles on the Billboard chart, produced nine chart-topping singles, nine groundbreaking short films, and to-date, has generated over 45 million units in sales. “BAD” was nominated for six Grammys and won two; the album also earned Jackson the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music 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.