Extra Details About 'The Force Awakens' 70mm IMAX 3D Release
A few new details have surfaced regarding the plans for the upcoming IMAX release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming up this December. By now, it's been pretty much confirmed that there is one main sequence shot with IMAX cameras in The Force Awakens. The movie will be getting a 70mm IMAX 3D release, and film blog Making Star Wars has posted some info on the initial plans for the IMAX 3D version. As one would hope, there will definitely be special IMAX 70mm film showings at the few remaining "real" IMAX theaters, but they will be in 3D with dual projectors, so this will still be pushed as 3D. Rest assured, "it's what IMAX was founded on, showcasing the best and most immersive 3D ever." Let's hope for the best.
The blog post also mentions a few other details - mainly that: "theaters that house a 'true' eight story tall IMAX screen will present the film in actual 70MM film reel", and this will only happen at these locations, not the "lie-MAX" theatres. It will be an expanded format that you can specifically see this way for at least this one action scene. They also mention that "the scene is most likely the escape from Jakku", which links all of the photos/images we've seen so far. Here's a few of the comparison shots they posted for reference:
The rest we pretty much know and expect. Soon enough theaters will start selling tickets, and you'll have to search for your nearest "real" IMAX to get the full-on Jakku action experience. Alas, it will be just that one scene. "Expect The Force Awakens ticket presale around late September to mid October. I have had two theater managers relay that information to me." Plans are already coming together for the big release this December, which they will be bringing to theaters worldwide. "The Force is approaching quickly." Soon…
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, continuing the beloved original trilogy about Luke, Leia, Han & Chewie that ended in 1983, is directed by J.J. Abrams, of the films Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek, Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness. The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, The Big Chill, The Bodyguard) and J.J. Abrams, with Kathleen Kennedy from Lucasfilm producing. This debut is the beginning of a brand new saga, with another trilogy planned for this storyline, not to mention other standalone movies in this universe. Disney, after acquiring Lucasfilm, will release Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters worldwide on December 18th, 2015.