AppleTV+ has unveiled the first official trailer for “Beastie Boys Story,” an intimate, live documentary feature chronicling the life of the New York City hip hop group and a friendship that has spanned more than 40 years. The film is written and directed by Spike Jonze who famously directed the music video for the single, “Sabotage,” off the group’s 1994 record, “Ill Communication.”
In the trailer, Mike “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz take the stage to tell the stories and jokes that filled the music group’s run. “What we’re gonna do right here is go back, way back, back into time.” Through archival footage from their upbringing longing to be rappers and hitting it big in their local capacity, to the famed stages of Madonna concerts, the documentary looks into their lives with clear-eyed transparency and energetic reminiscence.
Coming from New York City, the Beastie Boys thrived off the grounds of the indie punk scenes to establish themselves as ambitious hip hop artists on the rise. In 1986, Def Jam Records produced their chart-topping “Licensed to Ill,” which featured mused-over hits, “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” and “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!).” In 1992, they were nominated for their first Grammy Award for the album, “Check Your Head.” In 1999, they won two Grammys, for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Intergalactic” and Best Alternative Music Album for “Hello Nasty.” They would later win another accolade for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for “The Mix-Up.”
In October of 2018, Diamond and Horovitz released a memoir entitled “Beastie Boys Book,” which goes hand in hand with the things the documentary looks to bring to life. It included detailed writings of the group’s jump start in the scene and making it big with their hit record, “Paul’s Boutique.” In lieu of the departed third member Adam Yauch, the book also features penned excerpts from Amy Poehler, Wes Anderson and Jonze.
Jonze, who is now more a longtime friend of the musical group himself, has directed “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Being John Malkovich,” “Three Kings” and the Oscar-winning “Her,” which landed Jonze an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
“Beastie Boys Story” is produced by Fresh Bread and Pulse Films. It will be released theatrically in select IMAX theaters April 2 before hitting the AppleTV+ streaming service April 24.