With 'Glee' 3-D concert movie, Lea Michele will sing on the big screen
Justin Bieber's concerts became a movie-theater phenomenon this winter. Now "Glee" performances will look to become a summer one. 20th Century Fox announced Wednesday that it would film the upcoming exclamatory "Glee Live! In Concert!" tour and cut it into a 3-D film for release on Aug. 12.
Newer numbers from the television musical series, such as “I’m a Slave 4 U" and “Teenage Dream” will appear in the film, along with older songs such as “Loser Like Me" and “Don’t Stop Believin’."
Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley and most of the high-school stars will appear both on the concert tour and in the movie; older cast members such as Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison were not announced as part of the movie. (Lynch and Morrison made only select appearances on the original 2010 tour.)
A Fox spokesman said that there will be narrative footage in the movie as well, all taken from this year's tour, which begins May 21 in Las Vegas and wraps June 18 in New York. (The tour comes to L.A.'s Staples Center on May 28.)
The film is being called a "limited two-week engagement," though limited engagements tend to get extended if people are coming out to theaters (see: Michael Jackson's "This Is It").
The film will be directed by “Fame” helmer Kevin Tancharoen and produced by the show's creator, Ryan Murphy.
The "Glee" film moves the theater business closer to the screening of live or live-to-tape events that some multiplex owners have urged, arguing that it’s a relatively inexpensive way to offer audiences an experience they can't get at home.
The timing of the "Glee" movie should satisfy fans waiting for the show's fall return to television and has the advantage of coming during a period, mid- to late August, that typically is not especially competitive. Without the more adult storylines that pepper the Fox TV series, the film is also expected to appeal to younger viewers.
Photo: The cast of "Glee" performs in a 2010 episode. Credit: Carin Baer/Fox