The Michael Jackson Estate and Sony Music Entertainment have begun production on a new documentary about the iconic King of Pop Thriller album. Nelson George, renowned music historian, will conduct the untitled presentation.
According to the official press release, the documentary “takes fans back in time to the making of the record album and the release of groundbreaking short films that redefined the format of music videos and captivated audiences around the world. The information also notes, “‘Billie Jean’ remains Michael Jackson’s most streamed song and ‘Thriller’ is the only music video to be inducted into the Library of Congress’s Elite National Film Registry.”
Thriller sold 34 million copies in the United States and 100 million worldwide. The Grammy-winning record turns 40 in November, making George’s documentary a great way to celebrate the milestone. The Thriller the project includes “Unpublished sequences and frank interviews”, document “The moment in Jackson’s career that propelled the singer to mega-stardom and created a pop culture phenomenon that is woven across culture and continues to influence the worlds of music, television, dance , fashion and more to date.”
“The release of Thriller redefined Michael Jackson from teenage star to adult superstar, who wrote memorable songs, sang beautifully and reached the highest level of stage performance,” George said about the timeless record. “The album and the short films it inspired created a new model for marrying music and image. It was a privilege to explore this extraordinary album and revisit its magic.
michael jackson Thriller features many of the King of Pop’s most memorable tracks, including “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”, “PYT (Pretty Young Thing)”, “Beat It”, “Billie Jean” and, of course, “Thriller”. Each song holds a special place in pop culture, with fans still celebrating Jackson’s artwork on stage, on screen and online.
“Michael opened up and explored the emotional depths and pushed the boundaries of sonic innovation on Thriller,” said John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Jackson estate. “In doing so, he broke through destructive barriers in the music industry and literally united the world through his music: there is not a place on this planet that has not been thrilled by the music of Michael Jackson. This documentary’s exploration of the process and impact of Michael is revealing.
“Michael Jackson” Thriller marked a pivotal and pivotal moment in music and pop culture around the world. We are thrilled to expand the estate’s documentary collection with our next film and look forward to sharing it with fans around the world,” Sony Music Entertainment’s Tom Mackay, president of premium content, commented.
Few musical artists have reached the heights of Michael Jackson. While there’s no shortage of Jackson-related projects on the entertainment spectrum, a documentary revolving around one of his most notable musical contributions is sure to please fans of all ages.