November 13, 2012


Yep, Morgan Spurlock Is Helming One Direction's 3D Concert Movie

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One Direction will storm silver screens next August in one of those 3D concert documentaries that are all the rage these days. And while that news isn't much of a shock—Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers and Katy Perry have been here before—the identity of the guy directing One Direction's big screen debut is a bit of a shocker.

No, it's not Michael Moore, but close. Morgan Spurlock—the documentary rabble-rouser behind Super Size Me and Where In the World Is Osama Bin Laden? will now turn his sights toward 1D in 3D.

If you watched One Direction reveal their impending 3D excursion on today's Today show, you wouldn't have caught wind of Spurlock's involvement (hell, maybe they don't even know yet). But Sony confirmed he's directing and producing it in a press statement which featured the following incendiary quote from Spurlock: "This is an incredible opportunity and an amazing moment in time for the band." Ouch! He's not pulling any punches!

Really though, Sony's choice to hand this perfectly manicured boy band over to the mustachioed man barfing burgers in Super Size Me is a weird choice. Usually these 3D concert movies are fluffy love letters designed to appeal to loving superfans. Spurlock's approach to filmmaking, however, is a little more confrontational. Super Size Me actually changed McDonald's menu and his 30 Days TV series tackled outsourcing, prisons and binge drinking. And none of those are subjects that make you beautiful. 

So what's Spurlock's REAL plan here? Is he going to stuff the British-Irish heartthrobs with Big Macs until they're huffing and puffing onstage like a quintet of asthmatics? Will he send them to Gaza Strip in an attempt to broker peace between Israel and Palestine? Or will he just take this big, beautiful paycheck and move on with his life?