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‘Star Trek’ Beams Down to IMAX Screens

‘Star Trek’ Beams Down to IMAX Screens

Paramount Pictures and IMAX Corporation announced late Friday that Star Trek, directed by J.J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible III, Lost and Alias), will be simultaneously released to both IMAX and conventional theatres worldwide on May 8, 2009. Star Trek, which chronicles the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members, will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. Paramount Pictures will be the exclusive distributor of the film to IMAX theatres worldwide.

Star Trek is of course one of the world’s most successful science fiction entertainment series and media franchises. Created by Gene Roddenberry, the Star Trek phenomenon has lead to six television series, ten feature films, dozens of computer and video games, hundreds of novels and fan stories, as well as a themed attraction in Las Vegas. Star Trek has also inspired a following of millions of “Trekkies” of all ages that span across the globe.

“We’re excited to share the enhanced IMAX version of this film with the millions of dedicated fans who have been anticipating this release since production began,” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman, Paramount Pictures in a release. “The IMAX Experience adds that extra level of excitement to an already action-packed film, giving moviegoers a premium ‘event’ at the multiplex.”

Added J.J. Abrams, “I’m thrilled that audiences will be able to experience this new, epic world of Star Trek – with an incredible cast and mind-blowing visual effects – on what is, obviously, the most remarkable film format in the world.”

“Star Trek combines top Hollywood story-telling talent with space exploration, and each is very conducive to The IMAX Experience,” said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. “Expanding our relationship with Paramount Pictures to include this film strengthens our 2009 slate, and with the continuing rollout of digital IMAX theatre systems, we will be able to offer the fan-base more locations to experience the epic first journey of the USS Enterprise in the most immersive way.”
“Both Star Trek and IMAX have taken audiences to far away places they would normally not be able to go, and in this case, it’s space – the final frontier,” added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “J.J. Abrams has created a powerful movie that has fans worldwide feverishly anticipating its release. We are thrilled to partner with Paramount Pictures to bring J.J.’S exciting vision of this incredible space adventure to IMAX screens.”

From director J.J. Abrams and screenwriters Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Transformers, MI: III) comes a new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, Star Trek, featuring a young, new crew venturing boldly where no man has gone before. Star Trek explores the early Starfleet careers of future Enterprise officers Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Amanda Grayson (Winona Ryder), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), McCoy (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho), and Chekov (Anton Yelchin). A Romulan, Nero (Eric Bana), and a much older Spock (Leonard Nimoy) are influences, as well as Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood), the first captain of the USS Enterprise.


Christopher Nolan Starting to Plan ‘The Dark Knight’ Sequel

Christopher Nolan Starting to Plan ‘The Dark Knight’ Sequel

With The Dark Knight arriving on DVD today, director Christopher Nolan has been making the rounds of interviews and of course, everyone wants to know about the third film.

Slash Film reports that Nolan is interested in filming the entire third film in IMAX after having success with several sequences shot that way for the current feature. He speculated that a work around to the noisiness of the IMAX cameras would be to shoot the action in IMAX and the dialogue-driven scenes with a 65mm camera.

Nolan also told USA Today that he has been “jotting notes and doing some rough outlines” for a third story. Obviously, Warner will happily green light a third installment just as soon as there’s a story that captivates the director’s mind.

 “It was obvious when the box office was so big ($530 million domestically) that we had underestimated how ready fans were to reboot the franchise,” he said. “The worst thing you could do now that you’ve gotten the plane back in the air is mess up the landing.”

‘Transformers 2’ Offers IMAX Footage

‘Transformers 2’ Offers IMAX Footage

If you thought that The Dark Knight‘s IMAX footage was impressive, wait till you get a load of this one. Today, IMAX Corporation announced that Michael Bay will shoot certain key scenes of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with IMAX cameras. After all, if Christopher Nolan could do it for The Dark Knight  then so can Mr. Action Adventure.  Director Jon Favreau called TDK‘s scene a game changer and clearly he was right.

The sequel to the 2007 robot brawl flick had already been announced for an IMAX release, and speculators wondered whether the film would feature IMAX technology itself. According to the press release, Bay will integrate IMAX footage with CGI, yielding "an unprecedented look and feel for the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s box office hit." Optimus Prime in IMAX? Thank the Maker!


Favreau Ponders ‘Iron Man 2’ for IMAX

Favreau Ponders ‘Iron Man 2’ for IMAX

Director Jon Favreau says if Paramount and Marvel Studios pony up the money, he’d love to shoot some or all of Iron Man 2 in 3-D and for IMAX.  At a Paramount Home Video press conference with Stan Lee to promote the September 30 release of the smash hit film on DVD, he described The Dark Knight’s IMAX sequence as a “game changer”.

With Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard all set to return, the question of an opponent came up and he mentioned the Mandarin, set up in the first film, often without committing. Instead, he described the Asian foe as a behind-the-scenes manipulator who will likely be seen more in the second film but not be the main antagonist until the third or fourth film, the first time the length of the franchise has been discussed.

Similarly, “The Demon in a Bottle” storyline about Tony Stark’s alcoholism would be held until at least the third film and not be the core story for the immediate sequel.

Instead, the next film, yet to be scripted by Favreau and Justin Theroux, will likely introduce Rhodey’s War Machine armor and possibly introduce a modified version of the Iron Man suit. Happy Hogan, played by the director, will have more screen time most likely. More links to the other Marvel Studio films will be seen although Favreau admitted to being stumped a bit as to how to reference Thor.

Favreau insisted he wanted a straight forward story next time so he could concentrate on the emotional stakes. He hopes to keep the new film’s tone light and engaging without crossing the line to the dark side.

Reshoots for ‘Day the Earth Stood Still’

Reshoots for ‘Day the Earth Stood Still’

Late reshoots usually mean a film is in trouble but that’s not necessarily the case for the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.  Stars Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly were summoned back by 20th-Century Fox for “rather extensive” reshoots according to IESB. The reason though may have more to do with readying the December 12 release for its just-announced IMAX debut.

The film has had a troubled production, with principal photography beginning in December 2007, later than anticipated, causing the studio to move the release date from May to December 12.

Production wrapped on March 19 and people got their first glimpse of the film with a teaser trailer over the summer.  The script also received a scathing review at Ain’t it Cool News while controversy over the depiction of the unseen Gort erupted.

Director Scott Derrickson defended the process of designing the giant robot, describing his version as being more organic than mechanical. Regardless of the final appearance, Weta Digital performed the work.


‘The Dark Knight’ Returns to IMAX in January

‘The Dark Knight’ Returns to IMAX in January

Warner Bros. has already scheduled a re-release for The Dark Knight in January, designed specifically to influence Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters. Warner is working with Imax to have the film play on several of their screens during the crucial voting period, to remind everyone the summer blockbuster was also a critical darling.

"It’s just a matter of bringing it back as a reminder for people," a studio insider told The Hollywood Reporter.

Prognosticators have put director Christopher Nolan and the late actor Heath Ledger on their lists of potential nominees.

The film will be released on DVD in time for Christmas although details have yet to be released.

NY Times Goes Behind the Scenes With ‘The Dark Knight’

NY Times Goes Behind the Scenes With ‘The Dark Knight’

The Sunday edition of The New York Times included a special bonus for comic book and movie fans: a great in-depth article with Christopher Nolan, director of Batman Begins and its upcoming sequel, The Dark Knight.

Feeling grim that you missed it? As the Joker would say in The Dark Knight promo poster "Why so serious?" You can read the article on the Times website.

Highlights from the article include:

  • The Dark Knight  cost $180 million
  • Nolan on the previous Batman films: "If the people who are making the film aren’t taking it seriously, why should we?"
  • The cast and crew commenting on the late Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker
  • Gotham will have a new bright, shiny look to contrast when the city is thrown into chaos
  • Nolan’s home is just down the street from 1960s TV Batcave entrance
  • 30 minutes of the movie were shot with IMAX cameras, including the entire opening (a first for any major motion picture)
Gaiman’s Beowolf in IMAX 3D

Gaiman’s Beowolf in IMAX 3D

Beowolf, the new film directed by Robert Zemeckis with a scrpt by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, is set to hit screens November 16.  Filmed in a computer-animation style similar to The Polar Express, there will also be an IMAX 3D version that will debut at the same time. 

The voice-actors for the film include Crispin Glover (my density!), John Malcovich, Robin Wright Penn, Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins, among others. 

"IMAX 3D has enabled us to tell stories in a whole new way, and we are very excited to offer moviegoers a chance to experience Beowulf in this incredible format," said Robert Zemeckis in a company pres releasae. "IMAX lends itself to the incredible image detail in Beowulf and in 3D, it will transport the audience directly into the story."