Warner Bros Officially Announces 20 Upcoming IMAX Movies
by Alex Billington
April 28, 2010
Big news this morning, if you're a fan of IMAX. Warner Bros and IMAX have announced an agreement to release 20 upcoming movies in the next three years. The press release (via ComingSoon) only contains brief info on what's coming up, including movies scheduled through 2011 (see below) as well as "an additional 15 films over the course of 2011, 2012 and 2013, including Gravity, Dark Shadows, Fury Road, Batman 3, and Superman." I'm a fan of IMAX in terms of screensize and the "experience." I just hope that this means we'll see a few more movies that are actually shot in IMAX, not all converted with their shabby DMR technology.
The only movies that Warner Bros could officially provide release dates for in IMAX are: Legends of the Guardian: The Owls of Ga'Hoole in 3D on September 24th, 2010; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in 3D on November 19th, 2010; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II in 3D on July 15th, 2011; Happy Feet 2 in 3D on November 18th, 2011; and The Hobbit in December 2013. That new Hobbit release date is a bit vague but it is a year back from the original 2012 date. They also don't mention whether it's still split in two like planned, but I'm sure we'll find out more about all that soon.
"Our track record with IMAX has been incredible, and incorporating 3D into this collaborative effort will serve as the ultimate experience for our audiences," said WB's Dan Fellman. I personally don't prefer to see movies in IMAX unless they were shot in IMAX or contain scenes in IMAX (like Transformers 2), but that doesn't happen often. For everyone who's a fan of IMAX, this is definitely very exciting news! Thoughts?
Update: After this first hit, rumors started spreading that The Hobbit was delayed even further, and no one knew what this 2013 date really meant for the project. However, Heat Vision separately confirmed that The Hobbit is definitely still on track for 2012. Even IMAX made a correction in the date themselves. "The second movie's script was turned in to the studio a couple of weeks ago, and all parties are starting to break down the financials for the movies now," THR says. Warner Bros has officially scheduled Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro's two-part adaptation of The Hobbit for December 2012 and also December 2013.