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IMAX and Disney Strike Deal Through 2017 for 'Star Wars' & More

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April 8, 2015

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Last spring, Disney and IMAX had struck a new deal that including partnering on then forthcoming films like Maleficent and Guardians of the Galaxy, and yet to be released films such as Tomorrowland and Star Wars: Episode VII. Now the House of Mouse and the big big screen company have renewed their deal to last through 2017, and the roster of films included in the deal shouldn't be surprising to anyone. Unsurprisingly, it includes Star Wars: Rogue One and Star Wars: Episode VIII, and Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Thor: Ragnarok. But those aren't the only Disney films that will get IMAX releases over the next couple years. More below!

The deal also includes Pixar Anomation's sequels Finding Dory and also Toy Story 4. However, the latter will only have a limited IMAX release on June 16th 2017, and that may be because it's sandwiched by Fantastic Four arriving on June 9th and Wonder Woman on June 23rd, both releases which are ripe for IMAX. Other films in the deal include Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and The Finest Hours. There's likely more Disney films under this deal, but these are the big ones. There's plenty of IMAX fun to come!

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  • TheOct8pus
    Shit....looks like I'm spending hundreds of dollars to see the new Star Wars films....
  • Tuomas Lassila
    The Finest Hours... whatever that is...
  • DAVIDPD
    Cool, but those fake IMAX screens ruin the brand.
    • Chris Groves
      I don't think so. An IMAX branding pretty much means one thing: "This is the biggest screen with the best sound system in this theater." Just as some regular screens are bigger than others, some IMAX screens are bigger than others.
      • DAVIDPD
        Ya Chris, but the typical movie associated IMAX with basketball court sized screens for a decade and half, and then when started converting those faux-Max screens, people went in and JUST saw the smaller screen. Sure the sound might be upgraded and resolution bettered, but at the end of the day, size matters. // For fun look up CGV Starium...yeah baby!
        • Chris Groves
          Well, just as people who go to a theater with small screens don't assume that ALL theaters are that size, people that go to an IMAX auditorium in a smaller theater shouldn't assume THAT is as big as they get.
          • DAVIDPD
            Ok. That's just a lot of assuming.
          • Chris Groves
            I don't think so. Hasn't it always been a pretty universal fact of movie theaters? Some have larger screens than others, simple as that. Same goes for IMAX theaters. The fact is that the IMAX screen is always going to be the best presentation at any given theater. Nothing to assume about it.
          • DAVIDPD
            Ah ok. I guess that is true for some people.
  • Chris Groves
    Eventually Disney will probably just buy IMAX altogether.

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