40 Minutes of New Footage in “Director’s Fan Cut” of JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER

     February 21, 2011

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never opened to a $30 million weekend and an impressive A+ CinemaScore from the female audience (A overall).  By all accounts, Jon M. Chu directed a solid documentary.  Still, Chu thinks he can do better, saying, “I realized I had an embarrassment of riches when I was I in the cutting room.”  He has assembled a “director’s fan cut,” which incorporates 40 minutes of previously unseen footage and new material shot during the Never Say Never promotional tour.  The new cut hits theaters this Friday, February 25; tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 22 at 5PM PST.  Full details after the break.

Never Say Never surprised skeptics in delivering a tight non-fiction narrative.  I hope fans like this generous helping of additional footage, but I can’t help but wonder how it will affect the quality of the filmmaking.

Either way, I love the decision to include footage of Bieber and Co. promoting the movie in the movie.  Shades of 8 ½.

Here’s the press release with all the details.

CHU ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE ONE-WEEK LIMITED RELEASE OF “JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER” DIRECTOR’S FAN CUT

40-Minutes of New Bieber Footage on RealD® and 3D Digital Screens In Theaters Beginning Friday, February 25th

Tickets For The Director’s Fan Cut Go On-Sale Tuesday, February 22nd at 5pm PST

HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 21, 2011) – Paramount’s Insurge Pictures today announced plans to release “JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER” DIRECTOR’S FAN CUT for an exclusive one-week run beginning Friday, February 25th in 3D theaters across the U.S. and Canada. In an unprecedented move, Paramount will release a revamped version of the star’s movie three-weekends following its initial release. Tickets for the limited engagement go on-sale Tuesday, February 22nd at 5pm PST/8pm EST.

As he began the editing process several months ago, and upon realizing the significant amount of great footage he had obtained, director Jon M. Chu began to develop with the studio an idea for a second, and more fan centric, edition of the movie. While promoting the film’s initial release, he spent dozens of hours on Twitter and Facebook engaging with fans to learn more about what they were most anxious to see. Some scenes contained in the new cut include: more of Justin’s friends and hometown life, new songs and performances, and special footage shot at fan premiere’s across the country.

“I realized I had an embarrassment of riches when I was I in the cutting room,” said Chu. “This cut allows me to retain some of the best scenes from the original movie, while incorporating previously unseen footage and new material I shot during our extensive promotional tour on behalf of the movie. Justin’s dedication to his fan base is unwavering and I was inspired as a filmmaker to attempt to provide them a unique experience that showed even more of his world.”

“JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER,” which opened nationwide on February 11th to critical acclaim, earned $30 million in its initial weekend and earned an A+ Cinemascore from women (an A overall). The new fan cut will have a running time of 115 minutes and will be available in RealD® and digital 3D in theaters across the U.S. and Canada for one-week starting Friday.

“It is a testament to the professionalism and tenacity of Jon and the production team for turning around this new version of “JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER” DIRECTOR’S FAN CUT in only a few months, giving fans an even deeper look into Justin’s life,” said Adam Goodman, President Paramount Film Group.

“JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER” DIRECTOR’S FAN CUT is the inspiring true story and rare inside look at the rise of Justin from street performer in the small town of Stratford, Ontario to internet phenomenon to global super star culminating with a dream sold out show at the famed Madison Square Garden in 3D. It is directed by Jon M. Chu and produced by Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Usher Raymond IV, Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz.

For more information go to: http://www.JustinBieberNeverSayNever.com

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