Paramount Pictures, MTV Films, Insurge Pictures and Island Def Jam Music Group have jointly announced that director Jon Chu (Step Up 2 the Streets, Step Up 3D, The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) and the Magical Elves producing team of Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth (Project Runway, Top Chef) will join forces to direct and produce superstar-recording artist Justin Bieber's feature film debut.
Step Up 3D director Jon Chu helming Justin Bieber film
Scooter Braun, Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman, LA Reid, and Grammy winning singer Usher will produce the currently untitled film that will give fans around the world an exclusive VIP backstage pass into the life of Justin Bieber. Paramount Pictures will release the movie in the U.S. on Valentine's weekend 2011 under the newly created Insurge Pictures label.
"Jon, Jane and Dan are creatively the exact right combination, with each of them bringing a unique and fresh perspective to a movie that will give Justin's fans an exciting and never-before-seen look into his life and career" said Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman.
"When I was approached about doing Justin's film, I jumped at the opportunity to tell a story with honesty and heart. 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. This is the story of a new voice continuing the tradition of musicians that defined their generation," said Director Jon Chu.
"To be able to tell the story of Justin's unique and revolutionary path to stardom in our first studio feature is an incredible opportunity for us," said Magical Elves partners Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth.
USC alum Chu has been at the helm of several hugely successful projects, including the sequel and latest installment of the popular Step Up dance franchise, and the #1 ranked original Hulu web-series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (The LXD) from Paramount Digital Entertainment.
Since its formation in the summer of 2001, Magical Elves has produced hit shows for NBC, Bravo, HBO, Showtime and Oxygen networks as well as produced the cult documentary Air Guitar Nation. Creators of some of the most watched reality TV in the last decade, Jane and Dan currently have four shows on the air including Bravo's Top Chef and Work of Art, Showtime's The Real L Word: Los Angeles and Oxygen's Dance Your Ass Off Off.
An Island Def Jam Music Group artist, Bieber is represented by manager Scooter Braun, Nick Styne at CAA and Aaron Rosenberg and Sean Marks at Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox & Light LLP. His first full studio release, My World 2.0, was released in March 2010 and has since achieved huge success; debuting at number one and certified platinum in less than two months of release in the United States, the album remained number 1 on the charts for four-weeks. He has sold over 5 million albums worldwide to date.
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never was released February 11th, 2011 and stars Justin Bieber, Boys II Men, Miley Cyrus, Sean Kingston, Ludacris, Jaden Smith, Usher Raymond, Diane Dale. The film is directed by Jon M. Chu.