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2.18.2008

jon m. chu steps up... to the streets


Here's an interesting profile on director Jon M. Chu, whose dance drama Step Up 2 the Streets landed a respectable number two at the box office over the weekend: Director's Reward: A Second First Chance. I remember first writing about him here years ago when he was tapped by Sony to do a big-screen remake of Bye Bye Birdie, straight out of film school. His award-winning USC student film, When The Kids Are Away, got him the attention of some huge Hollywood names (including Steven Spielberg), and it seemed like he was on his way to the big time... But that was five years ago. Unfortuntely, the bottom fell out of several projects he was working on. Looks like Step Up 2 the Streets is sort of a second chance to show what he's made of.