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Director Jon M. Chu has provided has provided one of the all-time greatest gateway drugs for 3-D movie addiction: the dance movie “Step Up 3D.” His newest challenge: giving Justin Bieber the 3-D treatment in the new film “Never Say Never.”

Speakeasy caught up with Chu earlier this week by phone to talk about finding the tough balance between marketing and true magic in “Never Say Never.” Additionally, the young filmmaker offered observations about “Bieber fever,” his own feelings about the depths of teen fandom, and addressed rumors about his possible involvement in the next installment of the “G.I. Joe” movie series.

Speakeasy: I assume that you’d heard some of Justin’s music before you started work on this. How convinced or skeptical were you that his story could successfully be transformed into a movie? [continue reading…]