National Geographic has 'Grand' plan

Will distribute canyon documentary in 3-D worldwide

National Geographic will distribute "Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets" in 3-D to Imax and 3-D-ready digital theaters worldwide.

The 1984 2-D Imax documentary is a Vista Point Entertainment production for Destination Cinema. The film was written and helmed by Kieth Merrillcq.

Destination will oversee updates to the script and musical score and the conversion of the film to 3-D. National Geographic will sell the film to theaters through National Geographic Cinema Ventures' film distribution arm.

A release is slated for first-half 2009.

The film will be housed permanently at the Grand Canyon Imax Theater at the National Geographic Visitors Center in Grand Canyon, Ariz.