John Woo's 'Flying Tigers' Will Be Soaring onto IMAX Screens
Though he's taken the action genre to so many new levels of intensity, director John Woo is still venturing into uncharted territory. Deadline reports the filmmaker will see his World War II set story Flying Tigers digitally remastered for the IMAX Experience. The film follows an American Volunteer Group and its later incarnation as the 14th Air Force during WWII. Led by Air Force Gen. Claire Chennault, the joint air forces consisted of American and Chinese pilots flying side by side against the Empire of Japan. The conversion to IMAX is akin to converting to 3D, and sadly doesn't have the same quality as shooting with IMAX cameras.
Still, Woo is apparently excited to be working with the format at all. He says, "It has always been a dream of mine to explore shooting with IMAX cameras and to work in the IMAX format and the strong visual element of this film is incredibly well-suited to the tastes of cinemagoers today. Using IMAX for Flying Tigers would create a new experience for the audience and I think it would be another breakthrough for Chinese movies." At first it sounds like they're shooting in the IMAX format, but then he's quick to remember that they're only working with the format for this to be shown in IMAX theaters. It should be interesting to see Woo bring his signature action style to the skies, hopefully with top quality IMAX remastering, too. What do you think?