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Apple acquires Spike Jonze-directed doc “Beastie Boys Story”

Apple has acquired the documentary Beastie Boys Story from Academy Award-winning director Spike Jonze, slated to debut on Apple TV+ this April. The “live documentary experience,” written by Jonze and Beastie Boys members Mike Diamond ...
January 15, 2020

Apple has acquired the documentary Beastie Boys Story from Academy Award-winning director Spike Jonze, slated to debut on Apple TV+ this April.

The “live documentary experience,” written by Jonze and Beastie Boys members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz, tells an “intimate, personal story” of the hip hop band (pictured) and 40 years of friendship. The project is based on the Beastie Boys Book by Diamond and Horovitz.

Beastie Boys Story is set to premiere on the heels of the 26th anniversary of the release of the band’s #1 charting 1994 album Ill Communication, and reunites the Beastie Boys with Jonze more than 25 years after he directed the music video for the album’s single “Sabotage”.

A special cut of the documentary feature will open exclusively in select IMAX theaters April 3 before premiering globally on Apple TV+ on April 24.

Beastie Boys Story is produced by Fresh Bread and Pulse Films in association with Polygram Entertainment.

Grammy Award winner Jason Baum serves as produced with Amanda Adelson and Jonze. Diamond and Horovitz serve as executive producers with Dechen Wangdu-Yauch, John Silva, John Cutcliffe, Peter Smith, Thomas Benski, Dan Bowen, Sam Bridger, Michele Anthony, David Blackman and Ashley Newton.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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