COVID-19 keeps Beastie Boys Story from theaters, but can’t stop Apple TV+ debut

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Beastie Boys Story will make some noise on Apple TV+.
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Apple documentary Beastie Boys Story won’t debut on Imax screens on April 2 as planned. The COVID-19 pandemic is shutting down too many theaters.

But the Spike Jonze biopic about the classic rap group will debut on the Apple TV+ streaming service April 24 as scheduled.

“Our highest priority is the health of our audiences and employees, as well as their families and communities,” an Imax spokesperson told Deadline. “Given the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting theatre closures nationwide, we have decided to postpone the theatrical release of Beastie Boys Story to a later date, which will be announced as soon as possible.”

Make some noise for the Beastie Boys Story

The Apple TV+ documentary is based on 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.”

Beastie Boys Story was written and directed by Spike Jonze. His connection to the rap group stretches back to directing the music video for “Sabotage,” the band’s first hit from its 1994 album.

This film will debut on April 24 on Apple TV+. Watching it will require a $4.99 per month subscription fee, but comes with a growing collection of other shows, like Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories and Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet.