'Hannah' concert tour hitting theaters in 3-D


Walt Disney's "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" will have a theatrical release in digital 3-D.

A 3-D film of the upcoming concert tour will play in theaters in the U.S. and Canada from Feb. 1-7. The film also will open in several international markets in spring 2008, including the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, German-speaking Europe, Latin America and other selected Asian and European territories.

The filmed version of the tour will be shot in 3-D at several venues during the upcoming 54-city tour, which begins Thursday in St. Louis. The film will be directed by Bruce Hendricks and produced by Art Repola from the concert tour created and directed by Kenny Ortega. Cyrus, the 14-year-old singer and star of Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" series, will perform as both a solo artist and as her television character, Hannah Montana.

Said Dick Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios: "Miley is one of the most exciting and talented performers of her generation, and watching her on the concert stage is a genuine thrill. As soon as she committed to the Best of Both Worlds tour last winter, we wanted to find some special way to let all of her fans share the excitement and fun of this live event, and filming the concert in 3-D seemed like an ideal way to do that. This is going to be an exciting 3-D motion picture event experience for everyone who loves 'Hannah Montana.' "

"Hannah Montana" is seen on Disney Channels all over the world and on DisneyChannel.com via streaming broadband video. In 2007 to date and for 2006, it was the No. 1 series on basic cable in the U.S. among kids 6-11 and tweens and, across all television, was second only to "American Idol" in those key youth demographics.

In October 2006, the "Hannah Montana" soundtrack became the first TV soundtrack to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and turned Cyrus into a multiplatinum recording artist. Her latest CD, "Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus," was released July 24 and scanned more than 325,000 units in its first week to become the top-selling album in the U.S.