A new Beastie Boys documentary is headed to Apple TV and IMAX theatres this spring, directed by Spike Jonze, and written by Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz, along with Jonze, that portrays the legacy of the pioneering group.
Apple announced today it has acquired Beastie Boys Story, a documentary feature that will “ tell you an intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of friendship in this live documentary experience directed by their longtime friend and collaborator, and their former grandfather, filmmaker Spike Jonze”.
A special cut of the documentary feature will open exclusively in select IMAX theatres for a limited engagement on 3 April, before premiering globally on Apple TV+ on 24 April.
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 idea for the documentary originated from Adam’s and Mike’s collaboration on their bestselling Beastie Boys Book. The two also hit the road touring with the book, which included a stop at SXSW in 2019, resulting in the mini-doc for Amazon titled Still Ill, that marked the 25th anniversary of their seminal album.
“There are some friends you have lunch with so many times over the years, you know their order,” Mike D and Ad-Rock said in a statement. “Spike is one of those friends. And even when you don’t recognise 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.”
Spike Jonze added, “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.”
Jonze and the Beastie Boys are also working on a photo book that is set for release on 17 March and will be titled, Beastie Boys.