National Geographic picks up documentary

National Geographic Cinema Ventures has picked up upcoming concert docu “U2 3D,” which it will distribute both domestically and internationally.

“U2 3D” will be released in late January in 3-D only.

Pic was lensed in South America during the band’s “Vertigo” tour entirely in digital 3-D. In the U.S., theater owners were recently treated to an extended clip of the film at exhib confab ShowEast.

Concert pic was produced by 3ality Digital and directed by Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington. Owens has been U2′s visual content director for more than 15 years, while Pellington directed the band’s “One” video.

“Digital 3-D is a new cinema medium that truly allows moviegoers to immerse themselves in the experience, energy and emotion of being in a prime seat at a U2 concert,” 3ality Digital CEO Sandy Climan said.

National Geographic Cinema Ventures prexy Lisa Truitt sad the release of “U2 3D” is a natural expansion of her division’s growing presence in theatrical distribution.

Producers are 3ality Digital’s Jon Shapiro, Peter Shapiro and John Modell, as well as Owens. Climan, Michael Peyser and David Modell exec produced.

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