You may know Morgan Spurlock for movies like “Super Size Me,” “Mansome,” and “The Greatest Movie Ever Made.” What you may not know but will certainly learn over the course of this weekend is that Spurlock is the director behind “This Is Us,” the 3-D music-mentary featuring the hottest boy band on the planet today, One Direction.
Spurlock calls his new movie opening in some 3,000 theaters across the country and around the world this weekend, “a fun movie,” going as far as admitting in a recent interview that “This Is Us” is the “best looking movie I‘ve ever made in my life.”
The movie captures the meteoric rise of Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis, England’s boy band One Direction. Spurlock says the movie offers the ultimate fan experience giving throngs of screaming tween and teenage girls a chance to get “closer than you ever would” if given the chance to meet the group.
Spurlock laughs when he hears recent news accounts that some movie theaters have hired extra security for premiere weekend adding that “I feel like it is going to be an exciting opening.” For him opening day for “This Is Us” means one of his movies will finally “open on more screens in more countries worldwide and seen by more people than every movie I ever made on opening day combined.”
As images of the pop stars flicker on movies screens this weekend it marks the end of a year-long journey to capture practically every move of One Direction. The director admits it has been a delicate balance working with the 3-D technology, Sony, the band’s management team and the five band members, but in the end Spurlock is gratified that he has been able to show how universally and globally loved the band is adored.
The premiere also caps a three-year quest by Hollywood to have Spurlock document the moves of some of the top musical acts to hit the charts in recent years. Spurlock says Sony Pictures called him three years ago to direct a Justin Bieber concert film but he had to pass on the project because he was in the throes of “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.” Then last January he received another call to do the Katy Perry film but once again work on two of his projects, “Mansome” and “Comic-Con” found him once again passing up a golden opportunity. When Sony called earlier this year and asked Spurlock if he ever heard of One Direction and would he be interested in directing a movie, he quickly responded “Yes I have and yes I will. I will come in and meet you tomorrow.”
Spurlock says his film gives a real depiction of who the boys are showing them as humble, grounded and very appreciative of their fans. He adds his movie also shows the important group dynamic that shows the fab-five as incredibly self-aware as to where they are today and the potential to last.
While fans of Spurlock may be surprised to learn of his One Direction film, he says the project was the perfect thing for him right now. “One of the things I try to do as a filmmaker is to do things that are new, exciting and kind of pushing me as an artist in different directions,” the director admits.
Just as the future appears promising for One Direction with a new album and arena tour scheduled for 2014, the question for Spurlock is what is next for him? The director says he is interested in doing a narrative, bigger budget movie. But for now he will just sit back and watch and listen to the thousands, make that millions of fans worldwide, scream their heads off to the sights and sounds of One Direction.