Apple TV+ just dropped the trailer for Spike Jonze’s Beastie Boys Story documentary, which will roll out on the streaming platform on Apr 24.
The documentary, based on group members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz’s best-selling Beastie Boys Book, was expected to debut at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, but the event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz 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.”
This isn’t your standard rockumentary featuring talking heads and archival footage. Yes, there’ll still be archival footage but it’ll be intercut with Diamond and Horovitz sharing war stories (what was it like to tour with Madonna) in front of a live stage audience during their 2019 ‘Beastie Boys Story’ tour.
They also pay tribute to band member Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, who died of cancer in 2012, the same year they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Jonze is a veteran of countless Beastie Boys music videos, including the seminal ‘Sabotage’. He’s also known as the idiosyncratic auteur behind Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Where the Wild Things Are, and Her.
The documentary arrives in April, just in time for the 26th anniversary of the group’s No.1 album Ill Communication.
Beastie Boys Story premieres Apr 24 on Apple TV+.