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Spike Jonze Is Releasing A Documentary About Beastie Boys

Spike Jonze Is Releasing A Documentary About Beastie Boys

Spike Jonze is releasing a documentary about Beastie Boys.

The director announced that he has been working alongside members of the iconic hip hop group on a film about their career.

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The doc, titled Beastie Boys Story, was inspired by Jonze and the Beasties' huge Beastie Boys Book, which was published in October 2018.

The movie is set for release this April and promises to be an 'intimate, personal story' of the band and their '40 years of friendship'.

Speaking about the movie, Jonze said he was indebted to the group and that he was honoured to be collaborating on a project with them again.

Spike Jonze is releasing a movie about Beastie Boys. Credit: Apple/Instagram
Spike Jonze is releasing a movie about Beastie Boys. Credit: Apple/Instagram

The 50-year-old said: "I owe Beastie Boys a lot. One time, they pulled me out of a burning ship, and another time they helped me cheat on my college exam to get into Florida State. So, it was a real privilege to get to reunite with them and help them tell their story."

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Jonze, who is known for directing films such as Her and Being John Malkovich, worked on the documentary with members Mike D (Michael Diamond) and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz.

In a statement from the musicians, Mike D and Horovitz said Jonze knows them better than most.

It read: "There are some friends you have lunch with so many times over the years, you know their order. Spike is one of those friends.

"And even when you don't recognize anything on the menu, he comes up with something good for the whole table. Like when we wondered what to do when our book comes out... then Spike placed his order: You will put on a show for the children."

Credit: Def Jam/Columbia
Credit: Def Jam/Columbia

Beastie Boys Story will debut on IMAX on 3 April, before being released globally on Apple TV+ on 24 April.

The streaming service also made an announcement about the upcoming film on its Instagram account.

The post showed a photograph of the trio, with a caption describing the documentary as an 'intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of friendship in a live documentary experience'.

The film's release will mark almost 26 years since the release of Beastie Boys' fourth album Ill Communication - an album which included 'Sabotage', for which Jonze directed the video.

Prior to Beastie Boys, Mike D and Adam Yauch (aka MCA) had been part of a New York punk band in the 1970s.

Eventually, however, they moved into hip hop and rap, adding Horowitz and breaking through with their debut album Licensed to Ill in 1986.

Featured Image Credit: Def Jam/Columbia

Topics: Music, Interesting, US Entertainment

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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