Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze have been cooking up something good, and it comes in the form of new documentary, Beastie Boys Story.
The announcement comes after Mike D, Ad-Rock and Spike Jonze released the mammoth Beastie Boys Book back in 2018, during which the seed was planted for a documentary. ‘I owe Beastie Boys a lot,’ Jonze said in a press release. ‘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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“Wait, what!?! I just heard that Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz made a movie about Beastie Boys and their lives growing up around a lot of crazy ass sh*t in NYC with Spike Jonze. Is that for real?" – Larry from Weehawken . “Yes. It is for real. It's kind of a live documentary film, mostly filmed at our shows at King’s Theater in Brooklyn last year by Spike and we think you’re gonna love it.” – Us . Beastie Boys Story streams on @appletv starting April 24 and a special cut of the film opens in select @imax theatres on April 3. . Lot’s more to come. . #beastieboysstory . 📷: @atibaphoto @glenefriedman
Jonze first met the Beastie Boys when photographing the trio for Dirt Magazine, who came to him with a concept they’d thought up themselves. ‘For years, Adam Horowitz had been talking about doing a photoshoot as undercover cops, wearing ties and fake moustaches and sitting in a car like we were on a stakeout,’ late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch once told New York Magazine. The band and Jonze (who remained in character in a blonde wig and moustache the entire shoot, despite being behind the camera), decided to revisit the concept for a music video—the forever iconic, ‘Sabotage’.
In addition to the upcoming documentary, a Beastie Boys photo book from Jonze is due out March 17 via Rizzoli, featuring over 200 photos of the hip-hop trio from his personal archive.
Beastie Boys Story will be released on April 24 via Apple TV+.