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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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


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


Alex, I know you're going to think I'm a bit crazy...but am I? You and many others keep referring to movies shot digitally as films. They are not films. Movies were called films because they were shot on film. Most are not shot on film anymore. Why do we as a culture misuse the language and refer to digital movies as films when they simply are not. Am I crazy? Or a mad genius who embraces reality and the truth?, just joking. But really. Why not refer to them as movies? Or even digital movies? Why call them films when they are not? It is just laziness? Please, I'd love to hear your response. I don't mean to put you on the spot. I like you, your web-site and your reviews. Maybe you can sway me to refer to these new digital movies as films?....Nah, but try...please. Thanks...and cheers and peace!

Bo 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


Thanks for your reply to my post, Charles. And no, I do not expect people to do much of anything, let alone anything that makes sense. There is so much communication breakdown in our culture it's no wonder they subscribe to the many, many examples in life where the word usage no longer fits the subject. Thank you for that little tid-bit. That that example is so easily accepted by the majority of people I really do find quite strange. Then again, I find most humans, human nature and the human condition pretty strange. So I wouldn't get too high and mighty about my 'thinking out loud' about this calling movies not shot on film films. Take it with a grain of salt and keep misusing the language and asking people at work if they are filming that when of course you know that they are not. Just saying' man. I will pass on your, what seems to me, invitation to engage in put downs and fighting about the silliness of this. I'm right and you're wrong. It's pretty simple. You find it acceptable and I don't. I'm an outsider and you're a member in good standing of the herd and its unacceptable mentality. Okay, okay...hold on. I'm just messing' with you, Charles. You're right and I appreciate your reply and the excellent example of in the news business people know film hasn't been used for 35 years and still ask if someone is filming that. It works. No big deal. It's just incorrect usage, which is my point...but it care. Don't take me seriously. It'll only upset you. Cheers. Peace!

Bo 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


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

DAVIDPD on Apr 21, 2016

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