Jay-Z Movie: Brian Grazer & Ron Howard Will Create Film On Made In America Festival

08/15/2012 11:28 am ET
  • Kia Makarechi Senior Editor for Mobile and Innovations, The Huffington Post

Anticipation for Jay-Z's two-day "Made in America" festival continues to build. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will be making a movie about the event, and Steve Stoute and Jay-Z himself have signed on as producers, reports Page Six.

"The festival showcases 20 pre-eminent artists that speak to the new generation. I am producing the film with Steve Stoute and Jay," Grazer told the paper. "He is a phenom, like a musical Michael Jordan."

Rap's reigning king has pulled in an illustrious line-up of diverse acts including Drake, Skrillex, Pearl Jam, Passion Pit and Odd Future. The event, which will take place in Philadelphia on Sept. 1 and 2, is sponsored by Budweiser.

Howard and Grazer are the latest in a string of filmakers taking a stab at directing concerts and/or music films. Gary Oldman recently helmed a Jack White concert in New York and "Shut Up and Play the Hits," a movie on LCD Soundsystem's final concert, was extremely well-received by critics and audiences. AmEx Unstaged snagged David Lynch for a Duran Duran project, and Terry Gilliam handled an Arcade Fire livestream from Madison Square Garden. Famed documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker directed a film on The National.

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