Earlier this week we (mostly intentionally) missed the news that teen pop sensation and internet famous child star Justin Bieber was going to star in a biopic about his own life. The most interesting thing, at the time, was that An inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim was in line to direct the thing. Guggenheim, whose latest film Waiting for Superman is in limited release and is well worth seeing, was entranced by Bieber-power momentarily, likely seeing the dollar signs that follow this little guy around. Throngs of teens flock to him and according to the Bieb, the story of his life goes something like Eminem’s in 8 Mile.
Seriously, there’s nothing pretentious or annoying about that.
Deadline is saying that Guggenheim simply has no time to direct the film, which will be delivered in glorious 3D so as to draw every penny out of the kid’s rabid fanbase. The story will focus on different elements of Bieber’s (assuredly) interesting life, cut together with footage from his current tour. It all sounds more like the Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana Best of Both Worlds movie, which played to modest box office receipts. Something like $65 million domestic, if I remember correctly. That should be enough to send Justin Bieber to North Korea, if my calculations are correct.