One Direction Gets The Movie Treatment

Morgan Spurlock's directing

One Direction

And the winner for film subject/director pairing we didn’t expect to see arrive today, or indeed any day? Supersize Me creator Morgan Spurlock agreeing to make a 3D film about One Direction. But expected or not, it’s true, as Variety reports it’s planned and already set for a US release next year.

Partly crafted, to absolutely no one’s surprise, by Simon Cowell, the film will follow the hugely popular boy band – also known as Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – onstage and behind the scenes.

The band, despite finishing third in the 2010 series of The X Factor, snagged Cowell’s attention and services as their manager, and proceeded to big success in both the UK and US.

"This is an incredible opportunity and an amazing moment in time for the band," Spurlock says in a statement picked up by Variety. "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." We’re guessing this will be more of a straightforward doc/concert film than something like Spice World. We expect something like Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D, so we might soon find ourselves wishing for double-decker buses driven by Meatloaf. This will follow the Bieber film, Miley Cyrus concert movie and Jonas Brothers concert movie in going for 3D; hopefully Spurlock will keep things a little more low-key and intelligent than some of those efforts.

Sony has pencilled in the film for an August 23 release next year in the UK, following in the US on August 30. For anyone still puzzled about who exactly One Direction are, they are a popular beat combo that The Kids Today like to play on their Kindles or whatever. Their most popular song hears the warblers tell the object of their affections that her beauty derives from her lack of knowledge of said beauty. The song therefore presumably results in her becoming ugly, since she now knows she's beautiful, but does not address that conundrum.