Justin Bieber’s hair gets shorter, NEVER SAY NEVER gets longer

Alanna Raben

by: Alanna Raben
February 23rd, 2011

As if cutting off his signature locks off wasn’t charitable enough, the Biebs is now preparing to grace us with another sort of cut: a Director’s Fan Cut of Justin Bieber: NEVER SAY NEVER! That’s right, your leftover cravings for more Bieber movie magic are about to get a major refill. Director Jon M. Chu has gone back into the editing room and added in additional footage set to screen for a one-week-only run (so, run!).

While in town for the film's NYC Premiere, I spoke with Jon and asked, if given the option to make duration of the film longer, what would he want to include. He replied: “So much stuff! There were sections that hurt my heart that we had to take out of the movie. I would say there’s about 30-40 minutes of stuff that was painful to take out”…

And it looks as though we will be getting just that – 40 minutes of extra footage. Swag! Chu says he selected the new material through connecting with Bieber’s fans via social networking sites Facebook and Twitter and receiving feedback from what they liked and what they would like to see more of.

He states: “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.”

So expect more hair flips (trending twitter topic #riphairflip can now rest in peace, the flip lives on), more interaction between Justin and his friends at home (brap! brap!), new performances (“Favorite Girl” being one significant fan request), and special footage shot at premieres from across the country. Maybe we will even see Jon teach us his signature “Chu Chu” dance move, which proved to be a BIG HIT and scored us a cameo in this Chu Chu 2.0 Remix currently circulating around YouTube.

The Director’s Fan Cut of NEVER SAY NEVER is set to hit select theatres Friday, February 25th in RealD and 3D. So shine up those purple glasses and get ready to fall ill once more to Bieber Fever. My only question is which of the two versions will be submitted for Oscar consideration?

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