Ron Howard Directing a Jay-Z Concert Festival Film 'Made in America'
Believe it or not, Ron Howard is no stranger to brushing with hip-hop. The director makes an appearance in Jamie Foxx's music video for his club song Blame It along with Forest Whitaker, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson and many more. Now the filmmaker is diving deeper into music as The NY Post has learned Howard will direct a Jay-Z documentary chronicling the Made in America music festival in Philadelphia. In addition to Hova taking the spotlight, the concert, which takes place September 1st and 2nd also includes Drake, Pearl Jam, Run-DMC, Skrillex, Rick Ross, Miike Snow, Odd Future and Janelle Monáe.
Howard's business partner Brian Grazer says, "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.” Grazer also praises Jay-Z's presence in music, "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.” Presumably the documentary will also feature some of the musical acts in their entirety and interviews with the performers as well. There might even be room for Beyonce to show up as well. Count me interested in seeing Howard's work as a documentarian, especially with this kind of musical line-up.