Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are Headed to IMAX
by Alex Billington
July 22, 2009
At a presentation about the "Future of IMAX" today in San Diego, IMAX announced that a few upcoming movies would be hitting their theaters later this year. In addition to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which will show in IMAX 3D, they announced that Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are would be arriving in IMAX on October 16th. Both ComingSoon and CinemaBlend confirmed the news, as I wasn't able to make the presentation since it was roughly 30 minutes away from Comic-Con. IMAX has a long-standing relationship with Warner Brothers from the Harry Potter movies and will be up-converting this movie.
Normally I'd be supportive of seeing more movies in IMAX, but I think at this point, they're taking this too far. I felt the same way with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - I didn't care to see it in IMAX. Even though it had a few scenes in 3D, it really didn't matter to me, and especially with something like Where the Wild Things Are, which was created for regular 35mm projection anyway, I don't care about seeing it in IMAX. Sure, it could be pretty cool in a huge theater, but with all the controversy related to screensize and other big IMAX issues, converting more movies like this won't make a difference. What do you think?