The recently announced Beastie Boys Story documentary from director Spike Jonze has released its first official sneak peak, via AppleTV+. With a focus on the live shows Mike D. and AdRock did while promoting the Beastie Boys Book, the film airs in IMAX theaters before being streamed on AppleTV+ worldwide.
Beastie Boys Story, based on the 2019 two-man show of the same name, which was also directed by Jonze, was a limited-engagement event with saw surviving Beastie Boys members Ad-Rock and Michael “Mike D” Diamond discussing the history of the legendary Brooklyn group.
The documentary premieres on April 3rd in IMAX, which is also the 26th anniversary of Beastie Boys’ 1994 album, Ill Communication, before moving exclusively to Apple TV+ on April 24th. The relationship with the band and director go back to the “Sabotage” music video, as well as an unreleased film We Can Do This based on MCA’s alter-ego, Nathanial Hornblower.
Ad-Rock and Mike D spoke of Jonze in a statement, saying, “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.”
“I owe Beastie Boys a lot,” Jonze returned. “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.”