The documentary Thriller 40 delves into the making of Michael Jackson’s seminal album from 1982, the music videos that followed, and the album’s global influence. Below, you can view the official trailer. Never-before-seen behind-the-scenes video from the production of Thriller and the legendary music videos will be included in the documentary. The renowned director John Landis, who oversaw the iconic “Thriller” video, will discuss the film’s creation. Artists who grew up with the music will also be included in the film. Usher, Mary J. Blige, will.i.am, Maxwell, and other celebrities discuss the album in the teaser. Steven Ivory, a music journalist, provides perhaps the greatest summary of the album’s significance at the beginning of the trailer. “The music industry can be divided into two categories: pre-Thriller and post-Thriller.” The album altered the public’s perception of Jackson. He abandoned the teen star persona with Thriller and assumed the role of an adult superstar. He was then headed toward becoming a phenomenon in culture.
“Thriller set the standard for what it was to be a megastar,” Usher says in the clip. The teaser also implies that Jackson would be featured in Thriller 40 talking about the historic milestone in old video. Audiences will hear the late superstar in a brief discussion about his approach to recording the album. He said, “I came in angry.” The documentary will also include footage of Jackson’s first moonwalk and the consequences it had. Last year, Thriller 40 made its debut to the public. Director Nelson George discussed the album’s global influence at the time. Michael Jackson was “redefined by the release of Thriller, taking him from teen star to adult superstar,” he claimed. The record and the music videos it spawned, the director continued, “created a new template for marrying music and image.” Co-executors of Michael Jackson’s estate and executive producers of the documentary, John Branca and John McClain, also offered their opinions on the significance of Thriller.
They claimed that with the album, Jackson “literally united the world through his music and broke destructive barriers in the music industry.” Nothing on this earth hasn’t been made more exciting by Michael Jackson’s music. Showtime’s Thriller 40 will debut on December 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern. On the same day, Showtime subscribers will be able to access it on Paramount+.