Arguably the most unexpected news of recent months is that Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) is directing a One Direction concert movie, and shooting is now underway in Tokyo. The documentary will be 3D and is being shot using 4K cameras.
He acknowledged coming late to digital having spent most of his career shooting on tape. “But now, it’s completely out the window and antiquated,” he said.
Spurlock revealed that he was under consideration to direct films featuring Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, but that the deals didn’t materialize. But when he had the opportunity to do a documentary on the One Direction phenomenon, he jumped at the chance.
“These guys have gotten so huge in such a short amount of time — why?” he said, explaining his fascination with the boy band. “What makes them more special than any other people?”
Spurlock will begin shooting the doc with an Epic camera in Tokyo this weekend. He acknowledged that 3D is currently a choice best reserved for cinema exhibition, given what little traction the technology has had to date in U.S. homes. But he’s nonetheless future-proofing the project by shooting the concert footage in 3D with 4K cameras.
One Direction’s meteoric rise to fame will ensure that this movie is a success, and this is a fascinating career-step for the critically acclaimed filmmaker who is famed for his controversial fast-food documentary. It indicates versatility and a willingness to adapt that is very commendable for a uniquely talented director, though whether he will be given much, if any, creative freedom is debatable.