Janet Jackson will mark the 40th anniversary of her self-titled 1982 debut album with a two-part documentary that will air simultaneously on Lifetime and A&E, the networks said on Wednesday. Provisionally titled Janet, the documentary is expected to be released in early 2022.
The pop icon, who serves as executive producer with Randy Jackson on the project, has granted unprecedented access, and the documentary will feature stock footage, never-before-seen home videos and celebrity interviews. The Two Nights and Four Hours film is directed by Ben Hirsch.
Chronicle of his personal life and professional career, the documentary has been in preparation for three years. He follows Jackson and his family as they mourn his father Joseph, the patriarch of the Jackson Dynasty who died in 2018. Jackson also discusses his 2004 Super Bowl performance with Justin Timberlake, the death of his brother Michael Jackson and her becoming a mother.
Lifetime also announced a two-movie deal with fellow music icon Reba McEntire on Wednesday. McEntire will produce and star in two films for the network. One is a holiday film tentatively titled Christmas in the air which will feature an original song by McEntire. The other is a non-vacation film, in development for 2022.