For those of you who thought you could avoid the phenomenon that is Justin Beiber — you can’t. A couple weeks ago it was announced that the pop singer would star in a film about his life that would be directed by Davis Guggenheim, the Oscar-winning helmer of An Inconvenient Truth. Thankfully Guggenheim came to his senses and left the project but according to the latest studio update, he’s already been replaced by Step Up 3D director Jon M. Chu.
The untitled Bieber flick won’t be like other music-biopics, this one will have him playing himself and will feature concert footage from an upcoming tour. Coming off of Step Up 3D, it’s no surprise that Chu was chosen to take on directing duties for this musical-dance hybrid.
“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 M. Chu.
Not only will Chu direct but he’ll also produce alongside, you guessed it Usher, Bieber’s musical mentor. Isn’t that just fantastic (sarcasm)? The film is expected to hit theaters in February 2011, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
What do you think of Chu directing Bieber’s film? Will you go see it.