Ron Howard Directing Documentary on Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival


It’s official: The Baby Boomer generation has welcomed Jay-Z with open arms. Now that you’re just as likely to hear “Empire State of Mind” playing in your aunt’s living room as you are to catch “99 Problems” blasting out the speakers of an SUV with sweet rims, it comes as less of a surprise than perhaps it should that none other than Richie Cunningham is making a documentary about the rapper/mogul. According to the New York Post, Ron Howard and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer are following Jay-Z as he prepares for his Made in America festival, which will take place Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia and also features such acts as Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Drake, Run-DMC, Janelle Monáe, D’Angelo, and Dirty Projectors. “It is going to be born through Jay-Z’s perspective… how he puts the event together,” Grazer told the paper, adding that he sees Shawn Carter as the Michael Jordan of music.

Sites like Slashfilm and are already speculating on whether the Made in America doc will be released in IMAX or 3D. For our part, we’re just hoping for an entertaining Kanye cameo — or at least that some smart theater owner will think to screen it as a double feature with the forthcoming Will and Jada Pinkett Smith-produced Watch the Throne movie.