“Beastie Boys Story” will bring surviving members Mike D and Ad-Rock’s stories to the small and big screen. After a limited IMAX run in theaters, the Spike Jonze-directed documentary will drop on Apple’s streaming service, scheduled for April 24th.
Described as a “live documentary,” “Story” will bring the hip-hop group’s immersive stage show to a visual medium, but isn’t exactly what one would call a concert film; with the Beastie Boys, nothing is ever typical and you’d be foolish to ever expect anything typical from them.
The documentary will also serve as an extension of “Beastie Boys Book” which detailed the trio’s early days and rise to fame and commissioned by Mike D and Ad-Rock — real names Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz (third member Adam “MCA” Yauch passed away in 2012 from cancer).
In a statement announcing the documentary, Horovitz and Diamond said, “There are some friends you have lunch with so many times over the years, you know their order. Spike is one of those friends.” Jonze responded with, “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.”
The stage show that will be featured in the documentary was recorded at the group’s concert at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre.
By Michael Jacobo