Clint Eastwood's 'Sully' was Filmed Almost Entirely on IMAX Cameras

April 21, 2016
Source: Variety

Clint Eastwood

Step aide Christopher Nolan, it's Clint Eastwood who is stepping up and making a movie shot entirely with IMAX cameras. Following the success of American Sniper, Eastwood is now working on his next film Sully, about airplane pilot Captain Sully as played by Tom Hanks, and apparently he's shooting most of the film using IMAX cameras. Variety reports that IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond has confirmed that Eastwood loves the cameras and in fact it may be the first film that will be released fully IMAX after being made entirely with IMAX "technology". Eastwood's longtime cinematographer Tom Stern shot the film on ARRI ALEXA 65 & XT. Not many other details are known yet, but the film has already finished shooting. Read on.

"Clint decided to try it and he just loves the cameras," IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond tells Variety. "It will be the first film released where virtually the entire movie was made with the technology."

That's the quote from the Variety article, and there's not much more to it. The film tells the story of Chesley Sullenberger, aka "Sully", who became a hero after gliding his commercial airplane along the water into the Hudson River in 2009, saving all of his 155 passengers. Sully is directed by Eastwood, from a script written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty. The film stars Tom Hanks, Anna Gunn, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, and Jerry Ferrara. Warner Bros is planning to release Sully in theaters starting on September 9th, 2016. We're still waiting to see a trailer and we're still waiting to see if WB pushes the IMAX angle in their marketing. Stay tuned for updates. Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Batman v Superman were the last films to feature a few scenes shot on IMAX cameras.

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Whoa. I had heard they were making a movie about this, but I didn't realize it was a Clint Eastwood/Tom Hanks movie. I saw the plane float by in the river outside my office window that was a pretty surreal sight. I hope they put that in the movie - the random guy sitting in his office doing a double take as a plane lands in the river.

TheOct8pus on Apr 21, 2016


Ah man that splash down sequence is going to be extra epic.

DAVIDPD on Apr 21, 2016


Seriously, do you actually expect people to stop calling them films? There are many, many examples in life where the word usage no longer fits the subject. I work in the news business. Do you know how many people still say "are you filming that?" Film hasn't been used in the news business for at least 35 years and yet the term is used almost daily. I think everyone knows that they aren't actually pieces of celluloid that they are watching. Say, there's another term that shouldn't be used anymore.

Charles Knowlton on Apr 22, 2016


You must be really great at parties.

Pronounce on May 1, 2016


this is called Concept-Brands. Fridge comes from Frigidaire.

tarek on May 6, 2016

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