The Backstreet Boys have just put their stamp of approval on an upcoming tell-all documentary about the boy band. The film, being directed by Stephen Kijak, will follow BSB’s career, from kids with a bit of talent to a worldwide success.
“What drew me to this project its their [Backstreet Boys] openness and willingness to push themselves into uncomfortable places, to be vulnerable and honest and to be really trusting to the filmmaking team to steer them in the right direction,” Kijak said.
He and the Backstreet Boys always wanted to work together on a film. Now that Kevin Richardson, the fifth and oldest member, has returned to the group, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
“We always wanted to make a film and now is the ideal time. With Kevin back, the fact that we are masters of our own destiny, a new album in the works and our 20th anniversary — it all adds up to being the right time to share our story,” the Backstreet Boys said in a statement.
In their two-decade long career, the Backstreet Boys have sold more than 130 million albums. This makes the boy band one of the top 30 best-selling artists of all time.
However, the individual stories of the band members — Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, AJ Mclean, Kevin Richardson and Howie Dorough – haven’t always included fame and success. The group has also dealt with many obstacles in their lives; Littrell underwent heart surgery early on in their careers, Carter sued his mother for stealing the money he made from touring and selling records before he was 18-years-old and Mclean suffered from addiction and entered rehab twice.
The documentary is hoping to be complete by this fall. The Backstreet Boys also have plans for a new album and a tour this year.