Spike Lee was on the Lido today with Michael Jackson documentary Bad 25, and producer John Branca who reps the late singer’s estate. The pair deflected questions about why Quincy Jones doesn’t appear in the documentary about the making of one of Jackson’s seminal albums. The record was the last that Jones produced with Jackson after Off The Wall and Thriller. “Even though I didn’t interview Quincy, he is given much respect,” said Lee. “He has a busy travel schedule and is not always available,” Branca added. The film, which officially screens tonight, has so far stirred mixed reactions. One industry exec said they were disappointed that it wasn’t as emotional as Kenny Ortega’s documentary This Is It while another countered that seeing the craft that went into making the album was enlightening. Lee, who professed he was a lifelong fan of Jackson’s, admitted he’d left his name out of a roll call of the best black musicians given by Samuel L. Jackson in his own Do The Right Thing. “I’m not gonna lie, he’s not in the roll call. I’ve got to talk to Sam about that,” he said. Lee was to be presented with the Glory of the Filmmaker award at the Bad 25 screening.
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.