ABC has acquired TV rights to Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson documentary Bad 25, which marks the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking album. The network said it would air a version of the documentary at Thanksgiving but will announce details later. Lee worked with the Michael Jackson estate to cull rarely or never seen footage for Bad 25 which is also screening at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. ABC said the movie will provide an in-depth exploration of the album and tour. In addition to Jackson’s confidants, choreographers, musicians and collaborators, Lee interviewed director Martin Scorsese, Joe Pytka and others who worked on Bad videos. Bad also marked the third and final album collaboration for Jackson and Quincy Jones. Among numerous distinctions, the album has generated over 45 million units in sales. The album’s 25th Anniversary will be celebrated September 18 when Legacy/Epic Records releases deluxe editions of the album.
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