Berlinale ’13: Pulse gains all-access pass for Backstreet Boys doc

UK-headquartered Pulse Films, the prodco behind Shut Up and Play the Hits and Who is Dayani Cristal?, is working on a doc about the boy band, directed by Stephan Kijak.
February 11, 2013

UK-headquartered Pulse Films, the prodco behind Shut Up and Play the Hits and Who is Dayani Cristal? among other projects, is in production on a Backstreet Boys documentary, directed by Stephan Kijak.

Backstreet Boys – The Movie (w/t) will track the journey of the American boy band – made up of A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell – from their formation in 1993 and superstardom in the late ’90s, to their hiatus and reunion.  The doc, set to wrap by the fall, will include the band’s preparation for its upcoming album, set to mark its 20th anniversary.

According to Pulse, the doc will tell “a story of fame, fortune, talent exploitation, familial disputes; building up to their regeneration.”

Stephen Kijak, who directed the Rolling Stones doc Stones in Exile, will partner again with producer Mia Bays, whose credits include Scott Walker – 30th Century Man.

Backstreet Boys – The Movie is part of a slate of music documentary releases from Pulse, which will be further revealed in coming months.

“What drew me to this project is their openness and willingness to push themselves into uncomfortable places, to be vulnerable and honest and to be really trusting of the filmmaking team to steer them in the right direction,” said Stephen Kijak, in a statement from Pulse.

“We always wanted to make a film and now is the ideal time – with Kevin back, the fact that we are masters of our own destiny, a new album in the works and our 20th anniversary all add up to being the right time to share our story,” added the band.

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