Doc filmmaker will make 3D movie on Brit pop stars
Richard Griffiths, Harry Magee, Will Bloomfield, Matthew Galkin, Jeremy Chilnick and Doug Merrifield will exec produce. Columbia Pictures execs Hannah Minghella and Lauren Abrahams will oversee production for the studio. Cowell discovered One Direction on the U.K.’s “The X Factor” in 2010. The band, featuring Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, quickly gained a following and has sold more than 13 million records worlwide. In March, its debut album “Up All Night” made U.S. history, as it was the first time a U.K. group’s debut album entered the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at No. 1. One Direction just released their sophomore album “Take Me Home,” featuring hit single “Live While We’re Young.” “This is an incredible opportunity and an amazing moment in time for the band,” said Spurlock. “To capture this journey and share it with audiences around the world will be an epic undertaking that I am proud to be a part of.” “I’m delighted we’re making this film and Morgan is the perfect person to give that access-all-areas, behind-the-scenes look into what it’s like to be One Direction today,” said Cowell. “What the band have achieved is incredible, they and their fans have made history around the world – this is for them.” Spurlock received an Oscar nomination for his 2004 documentary “Super Size Me,” which led him to produce other docus such as “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” and “Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?” CAA reps Spurlock, One Direction and Cowell’s production company SyCo.