Beastie Boys And Spike Jonze Team Up For New Documentary
Fans of the Beastie Boys are in for a treat this Spring as Apple TV+ debuted a teaser, last week, for a new Spike Jonze directed documentary about the group. According to an article in Rolling Stone, "The Beastie Boys Story" will debut on Apple's streaming service April 24th, following a limited release in IMAX theaters at the beginning of that month.
"The Beastie Boys Story" is said to be a unique documentary experience that explores the Boys rise to fame and the influence they had on the genre of Hip Hop. It also highlights the 40-year long friendship of members Mike D (Mike Diamond), Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) and MCA (Adam Yauch). While Yauch passed away from Cancer in 2012, Diamond and Horovitz have continued to work together on Beastie Boy projects, including books and live tours. But they say this new collaboration with long-time friend, director Spike Jonze, will be a bit of a different experience. As one statement described it, "The film seamlessly mixes a live stage show and documentary to create a new format, a live documentary." A great deal of footage for the film came from a stop Ad-Rock and Mike D made at a theater in Brooklyn.
Udiscovermusic.com says the idea for the documentary came after Diamond and Horovitz, the remaining members of the Beastie Boys, were on a book tour last year, when they also filmed a mini-documentary for Amazon called "Still Ill". The article says the release date of the new live-documentary was picked for a special reason. "The film’s premiere will coincide with the 26th anniversary of the Beastie Boys’ 1994 album, Ill Communication and reunites the Beastie Boys with Jonze over 25 years after he helmed the iconic ‘Sabotage’ music video."
"The Beastie Boyz Movie" is said to go hand-in-hand with a new "Beastie Boyz Photo Book" that's been in the works, which Exclaim.ca says will be released on St. Patrick's Day this year.