News: Jay Z Heads From Marcy To Hollywood, Big Screen Plans Unveiled

Monday, Nov 11, 2013 2:45PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap mogul Jay Z's global appeal is only going to expand as reports claim his Showtime-exclusive Made In America documentary is now expected to hit theaters in the coming months.

According to reports, the must-watch documentary was recently picked up by a film company.

Phase 4 Films acquired North American distribution rights to Made In America, Ron Howard's first documentary, which he made in partnership with Imagine partner Brian Grazer and Jay-Z. CAA brokered the U.S. rights deal on behalf of the filmmakers; the Canadian rights were handled by The Exchange. Film premiered in Toronto and follows hip-hop icon Jay-Z as he plans the Budweiser Made in America Festival, a 2012 concert event with musicians including Drake, Pearl Jam, Run-DMC, The Hives, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris, Janelle Monáe and Skrillex that grossed $5 million in ticket sales and drew 80,000 fans in Philadelphia. (Deadline)

If all goes accordingly, the flick should make its way to theaters next summer.

If you missed Ron Howard's Jay Z concert documentary, "Made in America," on "Showtime," you'll have a chance to see it on the big screen. Phase 4 Films has acquired North American rights to the film, which aired on Showtime on October 11, and is planning a theatrical release for Summer 2014. (Billboard)

The 90-minute Showtime exclusive featured Young Hov revealing intimate festival information and also takes viewers into his pre-fame days.

Jay Z takes music lovers behind-the-scenes during one of the year's biggest concerts, the "Made In America" festival in Philadelphia. Captured by acclaimed director Ron Howard, the rapper-mogul and curator of the two-day event brings us closer to the action in a 90-minute documentary which debuted on Showtime. The Brooklyn MC and Howard give viewers their thoughts leading up to the inaugural show in 2012, along with perspectives from festival security guards, crew members, promoters, food vendors, and the mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter. It captures Jay Z as he prepares for his headling set, along with artists such as Jill Scott, Odd Future, Rita Ora, Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Run DMC, Janelle Monáe, and more sharing their stories before hitting the stage at Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The film also captures Jay Z heading to his old apartment, the now famous 560 State Street in Brooklyn, where he observes the new Barclays Center with a beautiful view. (Miss Info TV)

Details of the Ron Howard-directed flick getting picked up by Showtime bubbled online back in late August.

In keeping with its bid for cultural relevancy, the premium cable network has acquired Made in America, the star-studded documentary that chronicled Jay Z's two-day 2012 Philadelphia music festival of the same name. The doc, which is directed by Ron Howard and executive produced by the music mogul, Howard and his Imagine Entertainment producing partner Brian Grazer, will have its television debut Friday, Oct. 11. (Hollywood Reporter)

While fans had to wait until for it to arrive on Showtime, the film made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last month.

Howard's documentary is described as a backstage pass to the event. It includes some of the performers' stories on how they are "making it in America." The film is expected to tell the Jay Z's reasons for starting the festival and give an inside look into the performers who took part. It will debut Sept. 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival. (CBS News)

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