Official Trailer For Spike Jonze’s Beastie Boys Documentary Drops

Spike Jonze has dropped the official trailer for his upcoming Beastie Boys Story documentary, due to premiere in IMAX theaters on April 3, the 26th anniversary of the Beastie Boys‘ 1994 album, Ill Communication.

The documentary, dubbed “the story of three friends who inspired each other and the world,” will then start streaming via Apple TV+ beginning April 24. Before the film’s premiere, Jonze is set to unveil a Beastie Boys photo book that will contain shots from the band’s career on March 17 via Rizzoli.

The nearly 3-minute preview of the Jonze-directed documentary begins with glimpses of Beastie Boys videos and live performances and then features early footage of the group, including former drummer Kate Schellenbach, “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz talking about the band’s history and the friendship with co-founder Adam “MCA” Yauch, who died in 2012 after battling cancer.

“But we were mediocre at best,” admits Horovitz in footage from the recent speaking tour he went on with Diamond in support of the Beastie Boys Book.

“We went from being famous in a 14 block radius to being on tour with Madonna and Rick Rubin,” Diamond says.

He adds that the group quickly burned out and didn’t even recognize the party animals they’d become on stage.

The documentary also speaks about the strong bond between Jonze and the group. Jonze, who directed the trio’s iconic video for “Sabotage,” also collaborated on a yet-to-be released feature film We Can Do This, based on the late Yauch’s alter-ego Nathanial Hornblower.

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