Michael Jackson‘s 1982 classic Thriller is getting the documentary treatment. A collaboration between Sony Music Entertainment and Jackson’s estate, the documentary will focus on the legendary pop album and its accompanying short films that impacted the traditional music video format. Journalist and music historian Nelson George (who also published an unauthorized biography on the singer, The Michael Jackson Story, in 1983) will serve as the doc’s director.
The upcoming documentary will feature never-before-seen footage and interviews about Thriller, focusing on Jackson becoming a global superstar. On November 18, a double album titled Thriller 40 will also be released, including a bonus disc of songs that Jackson recorded for the original album that didn’t make the final cut.
“The release of Thriller redefined Michael Jackson, taking him from teen star to adult superstar, who composed memorable songs, sang beautifully and reached the highest level of on-stage performance,” George said in a statement. “The album, and the short films they inspired, created a new template for marrying music and image. It’s been a privilege to explore this extraordinary album and revisit its magic.”