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      Jon M. Chu

      Jon M. Chu

      Highest Rated: 94% In the Heights (2021)

      Lowest Rated: 22% Jem and the Holograms (2015)

      Birthday: Nov 2, 1979

      Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, USA

      Jon M. Chu attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts and his talents were immediately recognized. He won a number of awards for his short film work--the musicals "Silent Beats" and "When the Kids Are Away"--such as the Jack Nicholson Directing Award, the Kodak Student Filmmaker Award, and the Princess Grace Award, among others. His work on "When the Kids Are Away," an energetic and humorous musical about what mothers really get up to when their kids are out of the house, nabbed Chu representation at the William Morris Agency and the possibility of Hollywood success was at his fingertips. But since nothing is guaranteed in the movie business, Chu's career stalled after a few high-profile gigs he was attached to--a remake of the popular musical "Bye Bye Birdy," a teen version of "The Great Gatsby," and a remake of Stephen Chow's deliriously inventive "Kung Fu Hustle"--all fell apart for various reasons. Success may not have come as fast as planned, but it did come. Chu's 2008 dance sequel "Step Up 2: The Streets" was a smash, surprise success, propelling his career back on track. He immediately followed it up with the equally successful "Step Up 3D" and his web series "The LXD: The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers." Because of the new life he's given to the dance musical, Chu was asked to direct the atypical concert film "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," a visual and musical bonanza to the singer's legion of Beliebers.

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      Jon M Chu at arrivals for 69th Annual ACE Eddie Awards, The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA February 1, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Justin Bieber, Jon M. Chu at arrivals for Justin Bieber''s BELIEVE Premiere, PREMIERE HOUSE at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA December 18, 2013. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Jon M Chu at arrivals for JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER Premiere, The Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, NY February 2, 2011. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection CRAZY RICH ASIANS, FROM LEFT: MICHELLE YEOH, HENRY GOLDING, DIRECTOR JON M. CHU, ON SET, 2018. PH: SANJA BUCKO/© WARNER BROS. PICTURES JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER, l-r: Justin Bieber, director Jon Chu, 2011, ©Paramount Pictures JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, from left: Juliette Lewis, director Jon M. Chu, on set, 2015. ph: Justina Mintz/©Universal Pictures JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, from left: Aubrey Peeples, director Jon M. Chu, on set, 2015. ph: Justina Mintz/©Universal Pictures STEP UP 3D, from left: cinematographer Ken Seng, Sharni Vinson, director Jon Chu, Rick Malambri, on set, 2010./©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, director Jon M. Chu, on set, 2012. Ph: Jaimie Trueblood/©Paramount Pictures STEP UP 2: THE STREETS, director Jon Chu, on set, 2008. ©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures CRAZY RICH ASIANS, FRONT CENTER, FROM LEFT: AWKWAFINA, DIRECTOR JON M. CHU, BACK CENTER, FROM LEFT: HENRY GOLDING, CONSTANCE WU, ON SET, 2018. PH: SANJA BUCKO/© WARNER BROS. PICTURES STEP UP 3D, front, from left: director Jon Chu, Marie 'Pandora' Medina, on set, 2010./©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures STEP UP 3D, Facundo Lombard, Martin Lombard, director Jon Chu (second from right), on set, 2010./©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures STEP UP 2: THE STREETS, front: director Jon Chu, Danielle Polanco, Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman, on set, 2008. ©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures STEP UP 3D, director Jon Chu, on set, 2010./©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures STEP UP 3D, from left: Rick Malambri, director Jon Chu, Sharni Vinson, on set, 2010./©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures STEP UP 3D, from left: Adam G. Sevani, director Jon Chu, Rick Malambri, on set, 2010./©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHE, DIRECTOR JON CHU, 2018. © ZEITGEIST FILMS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wicked Director - 2024
      No Score Yet 41% Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration Executive Producer - 2022
      94% 94% In the Heights Director $29.9M 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Single Executive Producer - 2020
      38% 41% Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho Director - 2019
      91% 76% Crazy Rich Asians Director $174.5M 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Darker Than Night Executive Producer - 2017
      No Score Yet 62% Dance Camp Producer - 2016
      34% 53% Now You See Me 2 Director $65.0M 2016
      22% 40% Jem and the Holograms Director,
      Producer
      $2.0M 2015
      42% 57% Step Up: All In Executive Producer $14.9M 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet We the Economy: Economy 2: Supply & Dance, Man! Director - 2014
      53% 59% Justin Bieber's Believe Director $889.8K 2013
      29% 48% G.I. Joe: Retaliation Director $122.5M 2013
      41% 68% Step Up Revolution Executive Producer $35.1M 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The LXD: Rise of the Drifts Executive Producer - 2011
      No Score Yet 44% The LXD: The Secrets of the Ra Director,
      Writer
      - 2011
      66% 65% Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Director $73.0M 2011
      47% 64% Step Up 3 Director $42.4M 2010
      No Score Yet 43% The LXD: The Uprising Begins Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2010
      28% 76% Step Up 2 the Streets Director $58.0M 2008

      TV

      Credit
      85% 93% The Company You Keep Executive Producer 2023
      71% 89% Thai Cave Rescue Executive Producer 2022
      0% No Score Yet One Perfect Shot Guest 2022
      81% 82% Home Before Dark Executive Producer,
      Director
      2020-2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 68% Good Trouble Director 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2018