'Beastie Boys Story' Streaming: How to Watch the Spike Jonze Documentary Online

Spike Jonze is back with his first movie since Her in 2013. In Beastie Boys Story, he tells the story of the hit rap group, who the director has been working with for nearly 30 years. The documentary was originally meant to be screened at IMAX cinemas in early April, but this cinematic release was delayed when theaters were closed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, the virus has not been able to "Sabotage" the doc's streaming release.

Beastie Boys Story will be available to watch online from Friday, April 24, when the movie will be streaming on Apple TV+ across the world. The release time for the documentary has not been revealed yet, but is likely to be midnight PDT.

For viewers who were not attracted to the Apple streaming service by early offerings like The Morning Show, See and Amazing Stories, there are a number of ways to watch Beastie Boys Story and the rest of the Apple TV+ catalogue online for free. The service offers anyone a week free trial, where you can watch Beastie Boys Story alongside the streamer's other movies like The Banker and The Elephant Queen.

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"Beastie Boys Story" is the new documentary from Apple TV+ Getty

Selected users can also get an entire year of free Apple TV+. Anyone who gets a new iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV box will receive 365 days of the streamer for nothing to enjoy on their new device.

As for Beastie Boys fans who bought tickets to watch the doc at the cinema, IMAX have pledged to screen the film once theaters reopen. On March 17, IMAX released a statement saying: "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."

The official synopsis for the so-called "live documentary" reads: "Here's a little story they're about to tell...Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz share the story of their band and 40 years of friendship in a live documentary experience directed by friend, collaborator, and their former grandfather, Spike Jonze."

The Being John Malkovich and Adaptation director has been working with the band since 1991, when he photographed them for a magazine. He then directed their "Time for Livin'" music video in 1993. He since directed the promos for "Ricky's Theme," "Sabotage," "Sure Shot," "Root Down" and "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win."

This new documentary stems from their "Beastie Boys Book: Live and Direct" tour, which saw the two remaining members of the band telling stories of their career. This tour itself comes after the release of a 2018 book about the band. Speaking to the Evening Standard, Horovitz said: "The book was the thing. Still is the thing. Then the show was just coming by to say hi. And now with the movie there's another thing. They're all together, united."

Beastie Boys Story is released on Friday, April 24 on Apple TV+.