A traditional music documentary would feature a general format that features a combination of concert and archival footage of a band and interviews with band members, people associated with the band, and their admirers. But the Beastie Boys Story, a new documentary from filmmaker Spike Jonze, will take a different approach.
The Beastie Boys Story, which will premiere on Apple TV+ on April 24, will feature a unique format. In the film, Jonze will talk with surviving band members Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz to talk about the band’s story themselves. The film will feature plenty of archival footage surrounding the band’s rise to fame, but the focus will be on Diamond and Horovitz as they give a first-hand look at the group.
The work is done in front of a live audience. The film is being promoted as a “live documentary.”
A new trailer was released promoting the film on Apple TV+. The trailer provides a look at what people will expect out of the work.
The film is very different, but it is on character for what Spike Jonze has done in the past. The work also continues Jonze’s involvement with the Beastie Boys, for whom he has directed many music videos for in the past.
About the Film
The Beastie Boys Story will focus on the work of the Beastie Boys. The group had for nearly thirty years merged rock, hip-hop, electronic, and funk music to become one of the top bands in the world. The film will cover many of the highlights of Diamond, Horovitz, and the late Adam “MCA” Yauch as they toured with Madonna, topped the Billboard charts, and triggered some controversies along the way.
The film will also address the band’s work in performing music in all forms, from hardcore punk to country. The surviving members will also discuss Yauch’s passing from cancer.
It should be no surprise that Spike Jonze would be taking a unique approach to making a music documentary. He has directed many unconventional films over the years, including Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Where the Wild Things Are.
However, Jonze has been working on documentary-related projects over the last few years. These include the Maurice Sendak documentary Tell Them Anything You Want and Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond, a story about Jim Carrey’s work in making the Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon.
But this is far from the first time Jonze has worked with the Beastie Boys. Jonze also directed many music videos for the band. He has worked on the videos for Time for Livin’, Sure Shot, Sabotage, Root Down, and Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win. Jonze has also directed music videos for Weezer, Luscious Jackson, Ween, Bjork, Kanye West, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and LCD Soundsystem.
The Beastie Boys Story will premiere on April 24 of Apple TV+. The streaming service was released in November and features programs such as For All Mankind, the Morning Show, See, Dickinson, and Snoopy in Space.