NOW YOU SEE ME 2
JON M. CHU (Director) is known for his visually stunning work
in projects across genre, medium and budget. Whether telling a story through the
language of dance, as in the Step Up films, music in the Justin Bieber
documentary or action in a G.I. Joe film, Chu's signature style is the very
definition of fun, energetic pop entertainment.
As the youngest of five children from Palo Alto, California, Chu continues to
use the influences of his childhood (family, technology, music and movement) to
tell stories that connect with audiences around the world. In features, Chu
marked his directorial debut with 2008's Step Up 2: The Streets. His use of
movement in storytelling earned him a Teen Choice Award, a Breakout Director of
the Year Award and an MTV Movie Award. The film also became a global hit,
grossing over $150 million worldwide. Chu followed that up with sequel Step Up
3D, which went on to gross a franchise-best $165 million worldwide.
For his next film, Chu decided to take on a totally different genre: the
documentary. His film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never was an innovative blend of
concert film and biopic that would become the highest grossing concert-film of
all time, ushering in a new era of music documentaries.
In 2013 Chu tackled his first action movie and biggest production to date, G.I.
Joe: Retaliation, a re-imagining of the popular toy and comic book franchise.
Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Bruce Willis, the film exploded to No. 1
at the box office and has since grossed over $370 million worldwide, another
Meanwhile, Chu continues to innovate in the online space, where he was awarded
an international Emmy as a digital pioneer. "The LXD," his superhero dance
series, was described by AdAge as "the most beautifully filmed, elaborately
staged web series in the history of the medium." Chu's Legion of Extraordinary
Dancers have performed at the Oscars as well as "So You Think You Can Dance"
and even have one of the most watched TED Talks.
Chu's music video for Justin Bieber's "Beauty and a Beat" has accumulated more
than 620 million hits. Chu won a Clio Award for his "Safety Dance" video, played
on every Virgin America flight across the country with more than 11 million
views online and counting.
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