Because the mediocrity that is Glee hasn’t dominated enough of our culture, Fox is now planning to bring it into movie theaters. Variety reports that on August 12th, Fox will release Glee Live! In Concert! in 3D for a two-week limited engagement. The cast is going on tour of North America starting in Las Vegas on May 21st and ending in New York on June 18th before flying off to the UK. The concert film will feature the original cast singing covers of “I’m a Slave 4 U,” “Raise Your Glass,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Lucky,” as well as the original songs “Loser Like Me,” “Hell to the No!” and “Get it Right.” The August 12th release date sets the movie against 30 Minutes or Less, The Help, and vying for 3D screens with Final Destination 5.
A concert film is kind of perfect for Glee because it highlights what the show is now all about: selling songs. At its outset, Glee had the potential to balance story and musical numbers, but then the characters and the plot took a backseat to cranking out as many iTunes downloads as possible. The show has essentially become American Idol with a threadbare plot and poorly-written characters, which is probably why it’s so popular.