“Hannah Montana” fans everywhere will have a chance to see their favorite singer, songwriter and actress, Miley Cyrus, perform her sold-out “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour” on the big screen for one-week only with a special Disney Digital 3D presentation coming exclusively to movie theaters in the US and Canada from February 1-7 2008, it was announced today by Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. The film will also open in several international markets in spring ’08 which include UK, Australia, New Zealand, German speaking Europe, Latin America and other selected Asian and European territories.
This filmed version of the concert tour will be shot in state-of-the-art 3D at several venues during the upcoming 54-city tour, which begins in St. Louis on October 18th with Cyrus’s special guest, Jonas Brothers. The film is directed by Bruce Hendricks (ESPN’S “Ultimate X: The Movie”) and produced by Art Repola (ESPN’S “Ultimate X: The Movie”) from the concert tour created and directed by Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical”). Cyrus, the 14-year old singing sensation and star of Disney Channel’s hit series, will perform as both a solo artist and as her hugely popular television character, Hannah Montana. The series is currently in its second smash season, and has attracted legions of fans all over the world.
Commenting on the announcement, Cook said, “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 3D seemed like an ideal way to do that. This is going to be an exciting 3D motion picture event experience for everyone who loves ‘Hannah Montana.'”
Bob Cavallo, chairman, Disney Music Group, added, “Miley Cyrus continues to be one of today’s most popular performers as the recent #1 debut of her 2-CD set, Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, on the July Billboard Top 200 Chart demonstrates. She is a fantastic live performer and this film is a great way to see her doing what she does best.”
Rich Ross, president, Disney Channel Worldwide, said, “The success of ‘Hannah Montana’ on Disney Channel and our broadcast partners worldwide is nothing short of sensational and we’re so proud that the characters, the stories, the music and our stars have connected so strongly to kids and families everywhere.”
“Hannah Montana” is seen on Disney Channels all over the world and on DisneyChannel.com via streaming broadband video. 2007-to-date and for 2006, it was the #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. It is also seen Saturday mornings on the ABC Television Network’s “ABC Kids” programming block.
In October 2006, the Hannah Montana soundtrack became the first ever TV soundtrack to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, and turned Miley into a multi-platinum recording artist. Her latest CD, Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, was released on July 24th, and scanned over 325,000 units in its first week, to become the top selling album in the U.S.