New York director Spike Lee has pulled together an all-star cast for his new Michael Jackson documentary. Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall charts MJ’s progress from child star to solo chart-buster. This is the second documentary Lee has directed focusing on MJ, following Bad 25, a look behind the 1987 album ‘Bad’, released in 2012.
Pharrell, Questlove, L.A. Reid, Kobe Bryant and Mark Ronson have all been interviewed for the film, in addition to MJ’s parents and brothers Joe and Marlon Jackson. In the clip below, you can see snippets from interviews with The Weeknd and David Bryne.
The Weeknd reveals that ‘Off The Wall’ was one of his major influences on his music, one that becomes apparent on his latest album ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’. “I’ve always used Michael as, first and foremost, a vocal inspiration, and ‘Off the Wall’ was definitely the one that made me feel like I could sing,” before adding “I found my falsetto because of ‘Off the Wall’.”
The documentary will premiere at Sundance Film Festival in Utah on January 24, but will not be shown on US TV until a month later, on February 26. No UK air date has been announced yet, but worry not, Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall will feature on the CD/DVD reissue of ‘Off The Wall’ which is also released on February 26.
Watch the trailer for Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall below.