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Spurlock to direct One Direction 3D concert film

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (pictured) will help London-based pop group One Direction make the jump to the big screen with a 3D concert film, slated to hit theaters in August 2013.
November 13, 2012

Boy band One Direction is to become the latest pop act to make the leap to the big screen in 3D, with Super Size Me filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (pictured) attached to direct a film.

The film is being produced by Sony Pictures with Spurlock, X Factor‘s Simon Cowell, Ben Winston and Adam Milano serving as producers; and Richard Griffiths, Harry Magee, Will Bloomfield, Matthew Galkin, Jeremy Chilnick and Doug Merrifield serving as exec producers. TriStar Pictures will release film in theaters next year on Labor Day (August 30).

“This is an incredible opportunity and an amazing moment in time for the band,” Spurlock said in a statement.  “To capture this journey and share it with audiences around the world will be an epic undertaking that I am proud to be a part of.”

Cowell added: “Morgan is the perfect person to give that access-all-areas, behind-the-scenes look into what it’s like to be One Direction today. What the band have achieved is incredible, they and their fans have made history around the world – this is for them.”

One Direction are a five-piece boy band who rose to fame on the British version of Cowell’s reality competition series X Factor in 2010. The group’s debut album, Up All Night, debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States and has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide. The follow-up, Take Me Home, was released earlier this month.

The as-yet-untitled concert flick follows similar 3D concert films such as Katy Perry: Part of Me and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. The latter raked in more than US$98 million globally, making it one of the highest-grossing non-fiction films of all time.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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