Long-time friends and collaborators, Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze have teamed up for an upcoming documentary film called Beastie Boys Story. Jonze co-wrote Beastie Boys Story with surviving group members Mike D and Ad-Rock. The film is premiering at IMAX in the US on April 3 before arriving on streaming later in the month. Watch the first trailer below.
Beastie Boys Story | Official Trailer
Beastie Boys and Jonze go way back. Their first joint effort was 1993’s “Time For Livin” music video, and led to them collaborating on a number of iconic clips, including “Sure Shot”, “Ricky’s Theme” and “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win”.
1994’s “Sabotage” – a parody of 1970s crime-action TV shows – became an MTV staple and greatly boosted the pop-cultural standing of both Jonze and the Beastie Boys.
Beastie Boys | “Sabotage”
Described as a “live documentary experience”, the upcoming Beastie Boys Story film centres on the Boys’ 2019 tour of the same name. The tour itself was an extension of the group’s 2018 memoir, Beastie Boys Book.
“There are some friends you have lunch with so many times over the years, you know their order. Spike is one of those friends,” Mike D and Ad-Rock said in a statement. “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.”
“I owe Beastie Boys a lot,” said Jonze. “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.”
Last year, Amazon released the 15-minute Beastie Boys documentary, Still Ill: 25 Years of ‘Ill Communication’, celebrating the band’s fourth album. You can watch it here.
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