Warner Bros. and IMAX announced today that they are extending their partnership, with at least 12 new movies confirmed for a release in the large format.
We already heard that Justice League and Wonder Woman were being released in IMAX, and the press release today teases “additional DC titles” as well. The LEGO Batman Movie will also be getting an IMAX release.
Unfortunately in the case of Justice League, the movie wasn’t actually shot with IMAX cameras, so the benefit of seeing the movie on an IMAX screen won’t be as great as it was with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or the last two movies of Christoper Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. I’m not sure if Wonder Woman was shot with IMAX cameras, but will update this as I learn more.
Check out the full press release below for more details.
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19, 2016 — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced a multi-picture worldwide agreement that includes up to 12 new films from the studio’s upcoming slate as an extension of the two companies’ longstanding partnership.
As part of the agreement, IMAX will release a number of high-profile tentpoles, including animated and live-action releases. Notable titles include 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and its Godzilla sequel; Blade Runner 2049 (domestic only with Warner Bros.); Tomb Raider; Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One; The LEGO Batman Movie; Minecraft; the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel; as well as the previously announced Justice League, Wonder Woman, and additional DC titles.
The agreement also includes Christopher Nolan’s previously announced film, Dunkirk. Continuing the legacy begun by his use of the 15 perf 65mm IMAX® cameras in The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar, Nolan is once again capturing material and key sequences of Dunkirk using IMAX® cameras. These specific sequences, which will expand to fill more of the screen exclusively in IMAX, will deliver unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for moviegoers.
“We are very pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with IMAX with these exceptional pictures and look forward to ensuring our audiences have the opportunity to see a range of diverse films on the largest and most immersive canvas possible,” said Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
“We’re proud to re-up our 13 year partnership with the Warner Bros. family. This extension includes titles from some of the industry’s most acclaimed filmmakers, such as our friends Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, David Ellison, David Heyman and David Yates,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. “The WB/IMAX pairing has yielded billions of dollars in box office and has become synonymous with blockbuster entertainment around the globe.”
The IMAX release of each film will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.