Director John Chu steps into Justin Bieber movie
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - He's sweet 16, has a hot music career, appears on TV, is set to publish a memoir and even has a comic book about him. So what hasn't Justin Bieber done? He hasn't had a movie made about him, but that's about to change.
Paramount Pictures on Friday said producers had hired John Chu, whose "Step-Up 3D" dance film is currently in theaters, to direct a movie highlighting Bieber's dramatic rise to stardom and looking behind-the-scenes at the young celebrity's life.
The movie has been planned for some time, but it suffered a setback earlier this month when documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth") dropped out to spend more time promoting his education film, "Waiting for Superman."
But with Chu on board, Bieber fans have only to wait for the 2011 Valentine's Day weekend release to see their favorite teenager singer on huge movie theater screens.
"Most people don't know that his is a true underdog story, and I hope to tell it in a compelling, genuine way, using all source materials available to convey his tale of becoming an icon for this digital age," Chu said in a statement.
Bieber first gained notoriety in videos he made of himself that he placed on YouTube. Those videos caught the eye of talent agent Scooter Braun who introduced him to R&B star Usher and record executive L.A. Reid. The singer's 2009 debut record "My World" became a smash hit and this year's "My World 2.0" also proved successful.
But documentary movies about young singing stars have had a mixed track record at U.S. box offices. "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" sold a respectable $65 million worth of tickets, but one year later, "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience," flopped with a mere $19 million at box offices.
(Editing by Jill Serjeant)
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