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January 15, 2020

Apple lands “Beastie Boys Story,” produced by Academy Award-winning director Spike Jonze

New film directed by Spike Jonze, and written by Beastie Boys Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz along with Jonze, to portray the history and legacy of the revolutionary group
Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond in “Beastie Boys Story.”
Adam Horovitz and Mike Diamond in “Beastie Boys Story,” premiering April 24 on Apple TV+.
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Apple today announced that it has acquired “Beastie Boys Story,” a new nonfiction film from Grammy Award-winning Beastie Boys members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz and Academy Award-winning director Spike Jonze. The documentary feature will premiere in Apple’s Spring 2020 lineup on Apple TV+. A special cut of the documentary feature will open exclusively in select IMAX Theatres for a limited engagement April 3,1 before premiering globally on Apple TV+ on April 24.

Beastie Boys Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz tell you an intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of friendship in this live documentary experience directed by their longtime friend and collaborator, and their former grandfather, filmmaker Spike Jonze.

The film is set to premiere on the heels of the 26th anniversary of the release of Beastie Boys’ No. 1 charting 1994 album, “Ill Communication,” and reunites Beastie Boys with director Spike Jonze over 25 years after directing the music video for the album’s immortal hit single, “Sabotage.”

“Beastie Boys Story” is produced by Grammy Award winner Jason Baum and Amanda Adelson, alongside director and writer Spike Jonze, and executive produced by Mike Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Dechen Wangdu-Yauch, John Silva, John Cutcliffe, Peter Smith, Thomas Benski, Dan Bowen, Sam Bridger, Michele Anthony, David Blackman and Ashley Newton. Losel Yauch, Frances Yauch and Jonah Hill serve as co-executive producers.

The project grew out of Adam’s and Mike’s collaboration on their bestselling “Beastie Boys Book.”

The film is produced for Apple by Fresh Bread and Pulse Films in association with Polygram Entertainment. The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) on behalf of the filmmakers.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, as well as select Samsung smart TVs, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices and at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. Customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free.2

  1. 1On March 17, 2020, IMAX confirmed that the theatrical release for "Beastie Boys Story" has been put on hold. Official statement from IMAX: “Our highest priority is the health of our audiences and employees, as well as their families and communities. 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. IMAX ticket holders can receive a full refund by contacting their local theatre. 'Beastie Boys Story,' directed by Spike Jonze, will premiere on Apple TV+ on April 24.”

  2. 2$4.99/month after free trial. One subscription per Family Sharing group. Offer good for three months after eligible device activation, starting November 1, 2019. Plan automatically renews until cancelled. Restrictions and other terms apply.

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