Spike Lee worked with Michael Jackson and considered him a friend, but the director said even he learned a lot combing through footage of the icon for a planned documentary about the singer’s “Bad” album.
Mr. Lee calls it a “treasure chest of findings.”
“We have footage in this documentary that no one’s ever seen, stuff that Michael shot himself, behind-the-scenes stuff,” he said in an interview Monday. “We had complete access to the vaults of Michael Jackson. … 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.”
He added: “You don’t have to be a Michael Jackson-head to enjoy this.”
Mr. Lee’s documentary, which does not yet have an official title, will be part of a flood of material to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the “Bad” album, Jackson’s follow-up to “Thriller,” which contained hits including the title track, “Smooth Criminal,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and more. The album will be rereleased Sept. 18 with additional tracks, a DVD and other bonus material. Mr. Lee’s film is due to come out later this year, but no date has been set.
“He had a great sense of humor, and he was funny — so you’ll see a lot of that stuff,” he said.
“We really divided it into two things: Artists today who were influenced by Michael, and then people who worked side by side — musicians, songwriters, technicians, engineers, people at the label, who were all committed to Michael, to the follow-up to the biggest record of all time, which still is ‘Thriller.’”
“This year we’re going to focus on the ‘Bad’ album, we’re going to focus on the 25th anniversary, but at the same time, we’re going to play his full catalog, including the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons,” he said. “It’s going to be even bigger and better this year.”
Philip Seymour Hoffman set for ‘Hunger Games’ sequel
“The Hunger Games” has bagged an Academy Award winner.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who earned the best-actor Oscar for 2005’s “Capote,” has joined the cast for part two in the futuristic adventure series, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the Associated Press reports.
Lionsgate Films announced Monday that Mr. Hoffman will play Plutarch Heavensbee, the new head gamemaker overseeing an annual televised fight to the death staged by a repressive government in postapocalyptic North America.View Entire Story
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