Remember Davis Guggenheim? The Academy-Award director of the Al Gore/climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth? The last time Guggenheim's was in the press, he was backing out of directing the 3D feature-length, Justin Bieber (he of the boyish voice, tousled hair, and legions of preteen girls following his every move online and off) film. For Guggenheim, directing anything Bieber-related seemed like a huge step down, career wise (because it was). Artistic considerations were obviously secondary to financial ones. Though with a last name like Guggenheim, you'd think monetary considerations would be secondary, not primary. In any case, Guggenheim left the project after receiving a barrage of online criticism for the choice.

Deadline reports that another director, more willing than Guggenheim to suffer the outrageous slings and arrows of anti-Bieberites, has stepped into the director chair. That director (yes, I know, I've milked this bit of news long enough) is none other than one Jon Chu. Chu has directed the last two entries in the Step Up franchise, Step Up 2: Back to the Streets and the recently released Step Up 3D. Chu's music-dance background, plus working with 3D cameras on Step Up 3D (instead of the odious 3D post-conversion process), made him as close to a perfect choice as Paramount could have wanted for a Bieber pic. Apparently, Step Up 3D's lack of commercial success at the box office didn't negatively influence Chu's chances at getting the directing gig from Paramount.
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