UPDATE: Showtime has announced that Shangri-La will premiere on Friday, July 12th at 9 pm ET/PT. All four episodes will be available on-demand.
Acclaimed music producer and Def Jam pioneer Rick Rubin’s eclectic resumé and unique creative process is the focus of the docuseries Shangri-La, and in this exclusive teaser from the upcoming Showtime series provides a rapid-fire glimpse into Rubin’s world.
“Suspend the disbelief of what’s possible,” Rubin says in voiceover as images of the ocean, recording equipment, musicians in the studio and the producer meditating fill the screen for split-seconds. “These things that we can’t explain happen regularly.”
Almost subliminally, another Rubinism appears in yellow font, “Keep asking questions until you fully understand.”
Academy Award- and Grammy-winning director Morgan Neville, who previously helmed the backup singer doc 20 Feet From Stardom and the Mr. Rogers film Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, directed the four-part Shangri-La, which will premiere on Showtime this summer following its abridged screening at the 2019 SWSX Fest. The docuseries is named after Rubin’s famed Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, California, where artists like Kanye West, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Black Sabbath and U2 have recorded.