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Spike Jonze Directing Video For New Beastie Boys Single... With Action Figures

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist July 1, 2011 at 10:32AM

We might be a couple of years away from Spike Jonze's last feature, the tremendous "Where the Wild Things Are," with only the loosest of movements towards his next, a reunion with writer Charlie Kaufman, but the director hasn't been idle. He's helmed a terrific short film, "I'm Here," as well as collaborations with two of the best bands around, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire, on "Drunk Girls" and "Scenes of the Suburbs." And now, it looks like the director's coming full circle, teaming up once again with one of the bands with whom he launched his music video directing career.
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We might be a couple of years away from Spike Jonze's last feature, the tremendous "Where the Wild Things Are," with only the loosest of movements towards his next, a reunion with writer Charlie Kaufman, but the director hasn't been idle. He's helmed a terrific short film, "I'm Here," as well as collaborations with two of the best bands around, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire, on "Drunk Girls" and "Scenes of the Suburbs." And now, it looks like the director's coming full circle, teaming up once again with one of the bands with whom he launched his music video directing career.

Yes, Jonze is getting back with the Beastie Boys for the first time in over a decade, as Pitchfork bring news from the band's official site that the helmer will direct a clip for a cut from their latest record, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. Jonze is currently working on two clips -- one short and one "epic length" for album highlight "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win," a collaboration with Santigold.

The director and group previously worked together on the hugely influential clips for "Sabotage" and "Sure Shot," and it sounds like the new one will be just as formally playful -- they call it "an explicit action adventure spectacular... It features action figures of us... and yes, they are ACTION figures, NOT dolls!" and from the looks of the preview image posted by the band, it looks like we might be in for a pint-sized take on "Inception."

Anyway, even if Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 is something of a disappointment by the band's standards, we're sure the Jonze videos will be worth watching. They're meant to hit before the end of the month: we'll be sure to give you a heads up when they finally arrive. In the meantime, listen to the original track below.

This article is related to: Musicians, Spike Jonze, Beastie Boys


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