From the young and wide-eyed frontman for Jackson 5 to the undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson’s career trajectory is almost unparalleled in just how quickly the late, great singer-songwriter shot to the top. Headed up by reputable film director Spike Lee, Showtime’s all-new documentary Off the Wall is poised to explore those formative years of Jackson’s solo career, and today brings forth the first trailer for the feature.
Focusing on the title album that catapulted the artist to super-stardom, Lee’s intimate portrait of Michael Jackson is by no means the first time that the director has tackled the late superstar, after releasing Bad 25 only four years ago. Now, Lee is ready to showcase a different portion of Jackson’s decorated legacy.
Here’s the official logline from Showtime:
The film focuses on a rarely examined chapter of Jackson’s career as he evolves from the lead singer of Jackson 5 to a solo artist recording what will become his breakthrough, seminal 1979 pop record, Off The Wall. Audiences will travel with the global superstar as he strikes a new path with CBS Records, first with his brothers as The Jacksons and then stepping out on his own to create his own music with his own team. This illuminating portrait traces how an earnest, passionate, hard-working young man becomes the “King of Pop.”
Featuring interviews from Questlove, The Weekend, David Byrne, John Legend and Pharrell Williams, Spike Lee is perhaps the perfect candidate to take on such a revered subject matter, given that Off the Wall also includes extracts from Katherine and Joe Jackson, his parents, along with Jackson’s brothers Jackie and Marlon Jackson.
Bearing the official title Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, the documentary will premiere at Sundance later this month before making its way onto Showtime on February 5.