Is another Beastie Boys film in the works?

Talk of an old, rumored Beastie Boys project has resurfaced in the media. At this point, we're not sure if the project has been mistakenly identified as new, if it's a late April Fool's joke, if it's a story distributed by a publicist to direct attention to Adam Yauch's new film, or if it's for real. Read on and decide for yourself.

In the mid 1990s, several respected entertainment publications reported that Beastie Boys were working on a film with Spike Jonze. It was supposedly a comedy scripted by both the band and Jonze, titled We Can Do This. (Country Mike fans will recognize the title.) Entertainment Weekly reported that a source close to the project described the film as "a lot like Woody Allen's 'Zelig' crossed with the parodic '70's cop-show spirit of 'Sabotage.'" Do you recognize how silly that description is?

As with many rumored Beastie Boys projects, the film never came to fruition and was forgotten about by both the media and Beastie Boys fan community. Recently, however, the film project has resurfaced as an announced/in development project. Both the New York Times and Hollywood.com have recently listed the films in their databases. Is this a mistake or has the dust really been blown off the project? In either case, it's interesting that this news has resurfaced so close to the premiere of Adam Yauch's film Gunnin' for That #1 Spot. (Jonze is currently working on a film version of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, due to be released in 2009.)

Several things are certain: Spike Jonze is a director and screenwriter, Beastie Boys are long-time friends with Jonze, Beastie Boys own their own film company, and Adam Yauch seems hell-bent on making movies.

Read more about We Can Do This, as it was talked about in the 1990s, at Beastiemania.com.

10 comments:

12:34 PM funkyfour said...

interesting but probably false

12:40 PM Hot Sauce said...

I agree that it's probably old news mistaken as new news, but with the Beastie Boys, you never know!

I would be impressed if it were something a publicist leaked to draw attention to Yauch's new film.

12:51 PM Timbert said...

What if they made the movie in the 90's but never had a way to release the movie until now? Just sayin the story could be real... Some old school Beastie shit on the big screen would be awesome!

1:17 PM Emily said...

:o

?!

I never heard about the movie before!

2:24 PM Spiffy D said...

I would suggest the Beasties stick to making music, however, I will check out anything that comes of this. Spike Jonze has a vision!

3:03 PM Music said...

Imagine all the albums and videos we would have if they did half the things they talked about doing.

3:13 PM deedee said...

I'd watch the movie, especially if it starred Sir Stewart Wallace!

3:47 PM Kevin said...

Hornblower will be a consultant for the film.

11:32 PM Octopie said...

Stick with the music, Beasties.

12:26 AM Hot Sauce said...

I'd love to see Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze reunite and work on a project, old or new.

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