The First Trailer For Apple's Beastie Boys Documentary Has Arrived
Following on from last year's news that he was set to direct a Jonah Hill-led documentary about the legendary NY rap stable, Spike Jonze — frequent collaborator with the Beastie Boys, has revealed the first trailer for the documentary that he's created about the group as part of the content rollout for Apple's new streaming service.
The Beastie Boys group gave a voice to many frustrated teens throughout the 1980s and 1990s, releasing iconic albums like Licensed To Ill, Ill Communication, and Check Your Head. Their high-energy music and provocative lyrics commonly dealt with topics like racism, generational divide, and police brutality, making them one of the leading counter-cultural voices of their time. A huge part of this came as the result of the wild videos they produced — the shock value of which endeared them to the MTV generation.
Jonze, who came to mainstream prominence writing and directing films like Her, Where the Wild Things Are, and Being John Malkovich, directed five separate videos for the Beastie Boys throughout their career, including the clip for Sabotage, which he also wrote. The documentary will tell the full 40 year history of the group, from their formation in the early '1980s, to their sharp rise to prominence after they signed with Def Jam records and released Licensed to Ill — an album that would go on to become the best-selling rap album of the decade.
Jonze worked with surviving Beastie Boys members Mike D and Ad-Rock on writing the film, which uses footage from their most recent stage shows to provide context to the footage shown.
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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
Beastie Boys Story will premiere at South by Southwest this year before landing in IMAX cinemas on April 3 and on Apple TV+ on April 24.