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In one of the stranger pieces of news of the last month, a new documentary is being made revolving around rapper/mogul Jay-Z. Wait no, that's not the strange part, given his popularity and influence in the industry that actually makes total sense. The unusual element of this documentary is that Ron Howard ('Apollo 13,' 'The Da Vinci Code') will direct it. The documentary will focus on Jay-Z's Made in America music festival in Philadelphia. Taking place on September 1st and 2nd, the lineup boasts the likes of Run DMC, Drake, and Pearl Jam. Here's what Howard's longtime producing partner Brian Grazer had to say on the project...
“The festival showcases 20 pre-eminent artists that speak to the new generation. I am producing the film with Steve Stoute and Jay. Ron is directing. It is going to be born through Jay-Z’s perspective . . . how he puts the event together. Jay stayed the king for a very long time . . . I can’t even begin to explain how he is capable of remaining relevant. He is a phenom, like a musical Michael Jordan.”
So Ron Howard is a Jay-Z fan? Always pegged him as more of a Nas guy. I'm a big fan of Jay-Z, so I'm glad to hear this doc is in the works, it's just a bit of a head-scratcher at the director position. This is not the first time a prominent director has taken the time to helm a documentary about a prominent musician. For example, Martin Scorsese directed the Rolling Stones documentary 'Shine A Light.' The difference is that Scorsese had had a creative partnership with the music of the Stones for years; using their songs in movies better than anyone else going all the way back to 'Mean Streets.' I'm glad Howard recognizes the talent and cultural importance of Jay-Z, it just seems a supremely left-field project for him. The good news is that Howard's talents as a filmmaker should serve his subject well, and hopefully his name on the poster will entice those heretofore unfamiliar with Jay-Z to get to know him as an artist and as a hard-working entrepreneur. It does however beg the question as to what is next? Werner Herzog's three-hour foray into the world of dubstep?
What do you guys think? Interested in this Jay-Z documentary? Does Howard seem an unusual choice to direct?
Source: New York Post