At the ripe old age of 16, crooning heartthrob Justin Bieber has slapped his “John Hancock” on a deal to bring the story of his life to the big screen, Deadline.com said this week.
The scoop comes courtesy of celebrity insiders close to the pint-sized hitmaker and a deal he recently struck with movie bosses to document his stellar rise from YouTube sensation to musical superstardom on film.
The rumored Bieber biopic is slated for release in Feb. 2011 and will include performances by the little guy himself.
Paramount Pictures will be making Bieber’s life story into a 3D feature biopic. The singer is playing himself in the as-yet untitled film, which will be produced by his manager Scooter Braun and Island Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid. An Inconvenient Truth director David Guggenheim is in talks to helm the feature.
News of a Justin movie comes hot on the heels of reports that the young star is also working on his memoir.
The “Baby” singer – who shot to fame after posting a series of videos on YouTube – will release the book Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story in October, publishing house HarperCollins said Monday.
The illustrated tome will tell the behind-the-scenes story of Justin’s childhood being raised by his single mother Pattie Mallette, his rapid rise to superstardom, and his relationship with mentor Usher. First Step will include never-before-seen photos of the teen heartthrob.
The book will sell for $21.99 in the hardcover edition.
“Every day I wake up and count my blessings. My fans have played such a large part in all of this and they help me live my dreams every day. I’m excited to share just a little bit more of my world with them through this book,” the Canadian pop sensation said in a statement this week. “Between the behind-the-scenes pictures and the story I think this is going to be something they can all enjoy. This is just another way for me to say thank you to my fans.”