Not too long ago I reported on Jay-Z departing from his usual creative ventures to be a part of a forthcoming Annie remake, an odd mixture but I brushed it off. With a hot music festival coming in September, our boy Jay felt it would be interesting to make a documentary centered around the concert series and himself. So far it sounds pretty casual for the music mogul. The task of directing the documentary, however, has fallen to what could be considered the most unexpected choice, famed narrative-film director Ron Howard. Every day's a new wonder at this job.
Sufficed to say, you won't find the two mentioned in the same sentence, let alone attatched to the same project, very often. The music documentary will be directed by Howard and of course with any Ron Howard production, it will also be produced by his long-time partner Brian Grazer. Jay-Z will also be billed as a producer on the project. The music festival, entitled "Made In America", will feature an eccelctic mix of popular artists such as Drake, Pearl Jam, Run DMC, Skrillex, Rick Ross, Odd Future, and Janelle Monae. The show is set to occur over September 1st and 2nd in Philadelphia, for those who possibly would like to engage in the musical spectacle.
If you told me a year ago I'd be commentating on a film collaboration between rap superstar Jay-Z and cinematic superstar Ron Howard, I would probably have fainted. The pairing seems unlikely, and though this would be Howard's first crack at being documentarian, Jay-Z has lined up an impressive array of artists and Howard has a clear talent when it comes to film making. No word yet on whether or not Clint Howard will be getting a supporting role.