Michael Jackson will be remembered for his many groundbreaking accomplishments. The one that sits atop those many accolades, however, is undoubtedly the massive success of his 1982 album Thriller. The album spawned hit after hit and went on to be the best-selling album of all time, selling 70 million copies and counting. Something so monumental deserves the documentary treatment and Thriller is getting just that with Showtime’s upcoming doc Thriller 40.
“There are two things in the music business: before Thriller and after Thriller,” music journalist Steven Ivory says about the legendary album at the beginning of the film’s trailer. We’re then shown a number of moments during that era — including clips from Michael’s epic music videos, behind-the-scenes clips from the studio sessions and tour footage.
The documentary also brings us a host of talking heads to talk about the album and its impact. We see music journalists (including the film’s director Nelson George), those involved in the making of the project and a number of the artists it influenced, such as Usher, Maxwell, Mary J. Blige, Mark Ronson, will.i.am and Misty Copeland.
Thriller 40 looks to not only celebrate the joy that the album keeps giving fans more than 40 years since its release but also commemorate a moment in time when the King Of Pop reigned supreme over the music landscape. The documentary will become available on Saturday, December 2nd for those who have the Paramount+ With Showtime plan and air the same day on Showtime at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Get ready to relive the magic of Michael Jackson in Thriller 40 when you watch the film’s official trailer below.