Justin Bieber’s 125-date “Believe” world tour is being documented for a behind the scenes film. It is expected to be shot in 3D.
Confirmation that the movie is progressing at pace came from the Canadian pop prince himself via his cyber-kingdom, otherwise known as Twitter.
On Tuesday, the 19-year-old tweeted movie director Jon M. Chu: “Loving the movie so far. #BELIEVEmovie.”
Bieber fans will already know that Chu (Jonathan Murray Chu), director of G.I. Joe:Retaliation, Step Up 3D, directed Bieber’s 2011 movie-biopic Never Say Never which grossed close to $100 million at the worldwide box office.
In that film, Chu followed the teen singer in the 10 days leading up to his 2010 Madison Square Garden concert. The director also recently spoke about the controversy surrounding Bieber on his current “Believe” tour.
Speaking to BBC journalist Orla Barry for Newstalk, Chu said:
“I love Justin, he’s a great kid and you know he’s growing up and going through his thing … he’s super-talented and he’s on the road and I think people are looking for things to find out about him and so they make a big deal out of things here and there.”
As most pop culture watchers will be aware, those things Chu is referring to include Bieber’s shocking start to his “Believe” Tour when he was physically ill while on stage in Arizona, right up to his headline-making exploits in London.
During what the singer called a “rough week,” he called his birthday party his worst ever after bouncers at a nightclub allegedly behaved aggressively with Bieber’s fans and security team.
The pop star also ran afoul of angry parents after a late onstage appearance at London’s 02 Arena. That faux pas was encored by a collapse, hospitalization, a run-in with a paparazzo, Twitter venting, a fair bit of irresponsible reporting, and a now disproved blog story about Bieber and his team being “kicked out” of a luxe Paris hotel.
However, according to Chu — who attended the singer’s Paris-Bercy concert on Tuesday — none of these dramas amounts to signs of a “meltdown.”
“I think ultimately he’s a good kid who loves his craft and will continue to get better,” Chu added. “So I think that people will see that in time even if they talk about him now.”
One thing is certain; if Chu can authentically capture the real highs and lows of Bieber’s tour, Believe the movie could make Never Say Never’s grosses look like small change.
You can hear the audio of Chu’s interview here.