Rumor: Chris Nolan Wants to Shoot Batman 3 Entirely in IMAX
This is only a rumor because it hasn't been confirmed by anyone - Nolan, IMAX, or Warner Brothers. Harry at AICN wrote a piece saying that Christopher Nolan is interested in shooting the inevitable Batman 3 movie entirely in and with IMAX cameras. This isn't all that surprising to hear, as Nolan has been a long-time support of IMAX and really wanted to shoot all of The Dark Knight in IMAX but discovered there are huge technical issues that prevented him (such as only being able to shoot 3 minutes at a time and the cameras being so heavy and loud). But maybe they'll have worked all that out by the time Batman 3 shoots?
At this point in time, almost anything we hear about the third Batman is always a rumor, because Chris is 100% dedicated to Inception right now and they haven't so much as even written a single line of the script yet (or so we've heard). But then again, if IMAX is to work with Nolan to develop a camera that is smaller, quiet, and can shoot more than 3 minutes, they might as well start working on it now. Nolan is shooting Inception as we speak and an IMAX rep told me that "Inception is definitely one of the titles that we are looking at for 2010." I have a feeling that means he's already shooting with IMAX as much as possible.
In fact, Harry addresses just that, claiming: "Part of the reason that Nolan went forward with Inception first - besides taking a creative break from the cape and cowl adventures - was possibly to create a few new IMAX cameras made to his specs." Makes sense, but that side of IMAX (development) is notoriously hard to find out anything about, especially because their engineering team is probably working directly with Nolan already (and not that publicly accessible). However, Harry says that the third chapter of Nolan's Batman saga "could very well be FULLY shot in IMAX, not IMAX Digital - but the beautiful, stunning IMAX that we saw pieces of The Dark Knight in." That would be quite glorious, but is it nothing more than a pipe dream?
Maybe not. We got a good 20 minutes of IMAX scenes during Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and maybe 20 to 30 minutes in The Dark Knight, so with 3 to 4 years of extra technological development and another movie to test new cameras on, maybe they really could find out how to shoot 152 minutes in IMAX. Oh and just to assure you that this isn't all just made up, Nolan himself is quoted in USA Today as saying: "There's simply nothing like seeing a movie that way… I wish I could shoot the entire thing this way." And there's this entire article. So maybe, just maybe, by 2011 or 2012, we'll see Batman 3 entirely in IMAX.