Paramount’s Insurge Pictures today announced plans to release a “Director’s Fan Cut” of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never for an exclusive one-week run beginning Friday, February 25th in 3D theaters across the U.S. and Canada. This means Paramount is releasing a revamped version of the star’s movie three weekends following its initial release. Tickets for the limited engagement featuring 40 additional minutes 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 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.