Jon M. Chu

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Jon M. Chu
Jon M. Chu 2013.jpg
Chu at G.I. Joe: Retaliation red carpet movie premiere, Event Cinemas, Sydney, Australia, on March 14, 2013
Born Jonathan Murray Chu
(1979-11-02) November 2, 1979 (age 34)
Palo Alto, California, United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 2001–present

Jonathan Murray "Jon" Chu (朱浩偉; born November 2, 1979) is an American film director and screenwriter best known for directing the movies Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.[1] Chu is an alumnus of the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. There, he won the Princess Grace Award, the Dore Schary Award presented by the Anti-Defamation League, the Jack Nicholson directing award, and was recognized as an honoree for the IFP/West program Project: Involve.

Life and career[edit]

Chu was born in Palo Alto, California. After making his student short, "When the Kids Are Away", Chu was signed to William Morris Agency and attached to several high profile projects. Chu was hired by Sony Pictures to direct their feature Bye Bye Birdie but Sony never green lit the film due to budget concerns. Sony recently got back into business with Chu to direct their updated version of The Great Gatsby,[2] which did not pan out, but, after being purchased by Warner Bros. Pictures with Baz Luhrmann attached, developed into the 2013 film. He also is in a dance crew called AC/DC or Adam/Chu Dance crew. His father, Lawrence Chu, is a well-known chef and his parents own Chef Chu's, a popular restaurant in Los Altos, California.[3] He also attended Pinewood School from kindergarten through 12th grade. Chu is currently directing the online series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.

In an interview, Chu addressed a question he is often asked, "Why do all of your films have dance?" He responded, "I don't know why. It seems so obvious. But there's something about the dancers that motivate me the most. I don't know if it's just dance, but I do think that the dancers are amazing artists, and every time I meet a new dancer, that triggers something in my brain, and I'm more creative than I could ever be. When I feel that creativity burst, I go with it."[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film director[edit]

Screenwriter[edit]

  • Silent Beats (2001)
  • When the Kids Are Away (2002)
  • The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (2010)

Cinematographer[edit]

  • Killing Babies (2002)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Director named for Justin Bieber movie The Globe and Mail 13 August 2010
  2. ^ Halbfinger, David (February 18, 2008). "Director's Reward: A Second First Chance". The New York Times. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ Barry, Shannon (March 5, 2008). "A ‘Step Up’ to the big time: Los Altos native Chu directs Disney movie". Los Altos Town Crier. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Filmmaker "Born from a Boombox:" An interview with Jon M. Chu". Asia Pacific Arts. 2010-09-15. 

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