On July 22, 2014, Sony Music and Arts Alliance announced that a concert film titled "One Direction: Where We Are" (directed by Paul Dugdale) will arrive in cinemas for a limited time (on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, 2014), followed by a home video/DVD release on Dec. 1, 2014.
One Direction's 2013 concert documentary "One Direction: This Is Us" was the highest-grossing documentary of the year, with $69 million in ticket sales worldwide, according to Sony Pictures, which released the movie.
One Direction is the biggest-selling act to emerge from "The X Factor." The group came in third place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010. According to Sony Music, One Direction has sold 45 million singles, albums and DVDs worldwide so far. One Direction's first concert documentary was "Up All Night: The Live Tour," which was released directly to home video in 2012.
The members of One Direction are Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, who originally auditioned for "The X Factor" U.K. as solo singers but were rejected by the show as solo singers. One Direction was formed when Cowell and other "X Factor" decision makers put Styles, Malik, Horan, Payne and Tomlinson together in a group soon after their "X Factor" rejections as solo singers. Cowell was One Direction's mentor on the show, and he signed the group to Syco Music, the record company that he co-owns with Sony Music.
Here are the details about the "One Direction: Where We Are" concert film from the press release:
Arts Alliance announces a deal with Syco, Modest! and Sony Music Entertainment to bring global music phenomenon One Direction to cinemas worldwide for just one weekend on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 , 2014, giving fans the chance to see the live show on the big screen for the very first time.
One Direction is currently in the midst of the epic 69-date "Where We Are" global tour. "One Direction: Where We Are – The Concert Film" will give fans the opportunity to join the world’s biggest band on stage for the One Direction concert experience.
Recorded at the iconic San Siro stadium in Milan from the sell-out Italian leg of the tour, this one-off cinema event features the live concert including all of One Direction’s biggest hits, plus a 15-minute, never-before-seen interview cut with exclusive behind the scenes footage.
This global and exclusive celebration is a chance for many to watch the tour for the first time, or to relive the spectacle with friends and get closer than ever before in true high definition and 5.1 surround sound.
Event cinema distributors Arts Alliance Ltd will confirm more than 10,000 screenings in over 3,000 screens across more than 50 territories making this the biggest global "event cinema" release ever.
Tickets for the screenings will go on sale July 28, 2014. More information including locations of the film screenings and other exciting reveals will be released in the coming weeks via the film website at www.1Dconcertfilm.com and on the official One Direction social channels and follow the film using the official hashtag #1DWWAFilm
"One Direction: Where We Are: Live From San Siro Stadium" will be available on DVD on Dec. 1, 2014, pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/WWADVDNEWS. On Aug. 4, 2014 the band kicks off the sold-out U.S. leg of their long-awaited worldwide "Where We Are" stadium tour at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Arts Alliance CEO Mark Foster said, "I'm delighted this will be Arts Alliance's first pop release since the production and finance company Mr Wolf merged with Arts Alliance Media's distribution arm. We intend this to be the first of many more record-breaking theatrical releases.”
Arts Alliance director of content Yogita Puri, who negotiated the deal, said: "We're thrilled to be working with Syco, Sony Music and Modest Management on what will be the ultimate fan experience and a landmark release for event cinema."
"One Direction: Where We Are - The Concert Film" is produced by Fullwell 73 and re-unites producing partners from "One Direction: This is Us": Ben Winston and executive producers Simon Cowell, Sonny Takhar, Richard Griffiths, Harry Magee and Will Bloomfield.
Oct. 3, 2014 update: The cinema run for "One Direction: Where We Are" has been extended to Oct. 13, 2014. The movie's screening dates in theaters are now Oct. 11, Oct. 12 and Oct. 13, 2014.