Before Michael Jackson was thriller, the late icon gave us 1979’s “Off The Wall” – the multi-platinum album that launched him into global stardom.

In conjunction with the re-released of the album, Sony Legacy Recordings is planning to feature a new Spike Lee-directed documentary titled “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall”.

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The retrospective documentary title is a mouthful, but it tells you everything you need to know about the film. Director Spike Lee turns the attention on Michael’s career that is rarely examined: his transition from being a member of the Jackson 5 to his adult solo career, and subsequently the release of his hit album, “Off The Wall”.

The King of Pop documentary will include concert footage from 1979 and 1981, plus interviews with his family and various performing artists such as David Byrne, Roots drummer Questlove, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, John Legend, and more.

Watch the trailer below:

This is Spike Lee’s second Michael-centric documentary. He previously directed 2012’s “Bad 25” as well as Michael’s “They Don’t Care About Us” music video.

“Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall” will makes in debut at the Sundance Film Festival on 24th January before airing on Showtime on 5th February.

Sources: The Verge, Variety, USA Today.

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