Jay-Z and Ron Howard Collaborating on Documentary/Concert Film
Jay-Z and Ron Howard. Not the most natural of collaborations, but then again, neither artist has ever limited himself to one particular field or focus. The two, along with Howard’s longtime producing partner Brian Grazer, are set to meld minds and talents for a documentary revolving around Jay-Z’s ‘Budweiser Made in America’ music festival, which takes place September 1-2 in Philadelphia.
While Jay-Z will obviously be the headliner, the festival will also feature such acts as Pearl Jam, Rick Ross, Drake and Skrillex. Of course, the rumor mill has already suggested that Beyonce will appear at least once on stage with her hubby.
Lest you think this be just another concert film, Grazer wants you to know the creative team has much loftier goals.
The film is going to be born through Jay-Z’s perspective…how he puts the event together and creates this musical event that defies all genres. We will hone in on the meaning of the festival and how Jay-Z has become a voice and icon for this generation.
Anheuser–Busch is also acting as a partner in the venture, along with @radical.media, which has a long track record of producing award-winning music films including the Grammy-winning, ‘Concert for George,’ ‘Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,’ Jay-Z’s ‘Fade to Black’ and the recent Emmy-nominated Paul Simon documentary, ‘Under African Skies.’
The documentary is scheduled for release sometime in 2013. Meanwhile, I’m kind of hoping this new friendship will lead to a Jay-Z cameo on ‘Arrested Development.’ (Perhaps he can collaborate with GOB and Franklin on ‘Franklin Comes Alive, Vol. 2′?)