Michael Jackson will never stop moonwalking. Four years ago, director Spike Lee celebrated the King of Pop with his Bad 25 documentary, and now he’s back for another listen with Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall.
One of our most anticipated films of the year, the documentary will explore how Jackson’s 1979 fifth studio album paved the road towards pop royalty and beyond. We’ll be catching it this month at Sundance, though it’ll premiere on February 5th via Showtime. A physical release will follow on February 26th coming packaged with a reissue of Off the Wall.
Here’s the official synopsis:
One morning, a television set broke down in a living room in Gary, Indiana, leaving a large family of children with nothing to do — so they started singing. Soon the family was singing at talent shows and winning trophies. Their first four recorded songs would top the charts, and launch the career of one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known.
Director Spike Lee assembles a wealth of archival footage, interviews with contemporary talents and family members, and Michael’s own words and image to create this insightful chronicle of the star’s early rise to fame. An in-depth look at a chapter of his career that is rarely examined, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall allows audiences to travel with Michael as he gets his start at Motown, strikes a new path with CBS records, and forges a relationship with legendary producer Quincy Jones. An illuminated portrait emerges of how an earnest, passionate, hard-working boy would become the “King of Pop.”