Spike Jonze’s Beastie Boys Story headed for Apple TV+

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Spike Jonze directed Beastie Boys in “Sabotage”
Spike Jonze directed the Beastie Boys in Sabotage. Now they’re collaborating on an Apple TV+ movie.
Photo: Beastie Boys

A documentary about the rap group the Beastie Boys written and directed by Spike Jonze reportedly will debut on Apple TV+ this spring.

It will also supposedly be the first film from Apple’s streaming service to appear in theaters.

Beastie Boys Story will premier in IMAX theaters on April 3, according to Deadline. It will allegedly then appear on Apple TV+ on April 24.

Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze

Jonze’s connection to this rap group stretches back decades. He directed the music video for Sabotage, the band’s first hit from its 1994 album.

His Beastie Boys Story will be based on the Beastie Boys Book, which band members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz wrote and published in 2018. The third member of the band, Adam Yauch, died in 2012. The film is being described as a “live documentary experience.”

During their time together, these three guys from New York City created seven platinum albums, and are the best-selling rap group ever.

Spike Jonze directed Being John Malkovich, and wrote and directed Her, for which he won an Oscar and and a Golden Globe. But he got his start directing music videos for Sonic Youth, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk, Weezer, Björk, Kanye West, Arcade Fire and, of course, the Beastie Boys. Several years ago, he created an award-winning commercial for Apple’s HomePod smart speaker.

Outside of theaters, watching this documentary will require a subscription to Apple TV+. This is $4.99 a month but includes access to a range of other original shows. Film options include only a nature documentary and the coming-of-age drama Hala, but more movies are planned,

To see the first time Jonze and the Beastie Boys collaborated, watch their music video for Sabotage: