Spike Jonze directing Beastie Boys video with action figures

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
July 2nd, 2011

Spike Jonze

While it doesn’t seem like director Spike Jonze has any intentions of returning to the big screen anytime soon (although he is working on a new project - a Charlie Kaufman collaboration), we are still getting quite a good amount of output from the auteur.

SCENES FROM THE SUBURBS recently had its online premiere, and he’s also seen the release of short films like the masterpiece that is I’M HERE, or music videos like his video for the LCD Soundsystem track, “Drunk Girls.”  Now it’s the Beastie Boys turn.

That’s right, according to Pitchfork (via The Playlist), Jonze will be helming a video for the group’s song, “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win,” off their Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 record.  With videos for songs like “Sabotage” in the pairs collaboration history, this is definitely an interesting project.  Apparently it will be “an explicit action adventure spectacular…it features figures of us [Beastie Boys]…and yeas they are ACTION figures, not dolls!”

The track itself is really entertaining, featuring help from Santigold, so it will be rather interesting to see what Jonze can come up with for a video for this track.  I love the song and everyone involved, so here’s to hoping the potential can be lived up to.

What do you think?

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJFGD5BEAMOD2GIJV7BR6R6GLA DARIA

    I am pretty f*cking bummed out that one of my favorite bands is moving forward with releasing a video that is so clearly stealing from the work of outsider (not to mention disabled and broke!) artist Mark Hogancamp (not a “homage”, but a blatant theft). Hogancamp is a supremely gifted artist who only reluctantly decided to share his very personal work with the world … only to have his thunder stolen and his distrust in the motives of “the outside world” confirmed. It may be true that “this is how things happen” in Hollywood but for f*cks sake couldn’t the powers that be scrape up SOME morals when it comes to the life of a person as rare, vulnerable and deeply in need of funds as Hogancamp? Watch the documentary “Marwencol” and realize that his living & financial situation has not changed too significantly since. I truly hope Jonez & the Beasties give this man the credit and compensation he deserves for whatever watered-down Marwencol impersonation they eventually release. Would be pretty disappointing if they didn’t.

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