HOLLYWOOD — Talk about having a good week.
First Miley Cyrus became the youngest artist ever to have two #1 albums in under a year, as the 14-year-old topped the Billboard albums chart with 326,000 copies sold of her brand-new double album, Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus (see “Kelly Clarkson Loses Billboard #1 To Hannah Montana” ).
As if that weren’t enough, she revealed to MTV News over the weekend that a “Hannah Montana” movie is making its way to the big screen. “My new solo album just came out — it was #1 this week, and hopefully it’ll be #1 next week,” Miley said. “Now we’re trying to work on putting the movie together.”
For those who don’t TiVo blocks of the Disney Channel on a regular basis, “Hannah Montana” is the hit show that tells the story of Miley Stewart, an average teen girl by day and famous pop singer by night. Revealing her true identity to only a select few, she is managed by her dad (played by Miley’s real-life papa, Billy Ray Cyrus), with a lot of the comedy coming from her adjustments to life after moving from Nashville to Malibu, California. Barely a year old, the program is one of the highest-rated kids’ shows of all time (second only to “American Idol” among 6- to 14-year-olds), and its chart-topping soundtrack was released in October (see ” ‘Hannah Montana’ Star Miley Cyrus Ready To Break Out, Hilary-Style” ).
“Now we’re figuring out ideas for the ‘Hannah Montana’ movie,” Miley said when we caught up with her at the “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” premiere Sunday (see ” ‘Harry Potter’ Cast, Hannah Montana, Ashley Tisdale Enchanted At ‘Phoenix’ Premiere” ). “And yes, it’s for the theaters, so hopefully I’ll see you there.
“My dad is the producer, which I’m really excited about,” she added. “He’s never done anything like this before, but my dad is ready to take on new challenges.”
With that in mind, we caught up with Miley’s famous father, who was willing to cough up a few thoughts on how he’s steering the script. “There’ll be a lot of similarities [to the show], and the fact that Miley is so real, her music is real, we’ll keep a lot of that realism,” Billy Ray revealed. “But I think we’ll go a little further with the comedy. And it’s going to be on the big screen, so we’ll try to make everything look bigger.”
Since the script is still being written, there are still various ideas about how to take “Hannah Montana” to the next level. But as art imitates life and Miley Cyrus approaches the same level of fame as her onscreen character, the actress is eager to contribute her own ideas to the project.
Crossing her fingers and saying “I’m hoping,” Miley revealed the plotline she likes the best. “The best idea is that I miss home,” she said. “So if we could maybe film in Nashville and everyone could see our house and where we live, that we have a farm, that would be really exciting.”
Judging by the chart-topping sales of her newest album, we’re thinking that “Hannah Montana” fans would agree. Because, to paraphrase the title of a record by another Southern hitmaker, Elvis Presley, 326,000 Miley Cyrus fans can’t be wrong.
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