A new Michael Jackson documentary about the King of Pop’s life and subsequent rise to stardom is coming New Year’s Day courtesy of MarVista Digital Entertainment. In a press release earlier today, the distribution company outlined the documentary’s structure and how it plans to tackle the frequently told story of how Michael Jackson became the sensation that took the world by storm in the ’80s, and continues to make headlines even five years after his death.
Michael Jackson: The Journey traces Jackson’s modest childhood beginnings and transformation from boyhood sensation to the King of Pop. Jackson was born August 29th, 1958, in Gary, Indiana into a Jehovah’s Witness family of a steel mill working father and stay-at-home mother, with nine brothers and sisters. Standing out amongst his siblings, Michael rose to international fame and fortune with the release of the best-selling album of all time, Thriller in 1984. With an estimated 750 million records sold worldwide, 13 number one singles and 13 GRAMMY’s, Michael received the moniker, “King of Pop.” In 1989, “Entertainment Tonight” presented Michael with the award for “Most Important Entertainer of the Decade.” His impact on popular culture, social history, music and performance leaves a rich legacy.
Contributing to the project will be Joseph Vogel, who penned the book Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson back in 2011. As well, “showbiz reporters and leading authorities on pop culture, music and entertainment,” Kevin Hughes and Don Woolton will be involved.
Even though he passed away in 2009, content related to Michael Jackson has still been coming out quite frequently. Since 2009 he has two posthumous albums, another documentary, and there is also a 3D version of his popular Thriller video coming out sometime in 2015.
Michael Jackson: The Journey is set to be released New Year’s Day on every digital distribution platform under the sun including Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo, VUDU, AT&T, Charter, DirecTV, and more.