'Maze Runner' Will Be First to Try Out Panoramic 'Escape' Screenings
We just got word that Wes Ball's adaptation of the young adult novel The Maze Runner will heading to IMAX theaters the same day it hits standard theaters on September 19th. But the film will also be the first to try out a new projection system that could make the big screen experience even more immersive. THR has word that digital cinema maker Barco and their new Escape projection configuration will debut to the public with a little help from The Maze Runner. The film will be the first feature that has been specifically modified to project extra elements on two other screens to the left and right of the center screen. Read on!
However, the film won't be stretched into these side screens so that you have to look in three different directions to see all the action. Instead, this is just meant to make the world of the film that much more encapsulating by extending the scenery. For example, you'll see more of the maze on the two side screens. You can get a taste of what this will be like in Barco's CinemaCon presentation right here:
Here's the list of theaters that will have The Maze Runner in the Escape format:
Cinemark 18 & XD at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center in Los Angeles, California
Cinemark’s Redwood Downtown & XD in Redwood City, Calfornia
Cinemark Paradise 24 & XD in Davie, Florida
Cinemark Legacy Theatre & XD in Plano, Texas
Cinemark @ Seven Bridges and IMAX in Woodridge, Illinois
However, this won't necessary be the most effective way of showing off the technology because the film wasn't shot with the format in mind, and will use visual effects to extend the scenery. But that doesn't mean Fox and other studios aren't already figuring out how they can specially shoot films to take advantage of this new technology. We're hesitant to call this the future of movies, because this seems a little overwhelming to the senses. But still, this could be something that gets audiences interested in seeing movies on the big screen again instead of staying at home. Are you interested in this Escape format?