IMAX continues to grow in popularity, and is again increasing the number of films it brings to its gigantic screens. In fact, I think technologies like IMAX digital, IMAX 3D and D Film, will be the savior of the movie theater ultimately.
The Company will release Beowulf: An IMAX 3D Experience on November 16. Robert Zemekis (The Polar Express) once again brings his visually stunning, next-generation CGI technology to this timeless story inspired by the ninth-century English epic poem. Beowulf will be followed by the release of I Am Legend: The IMAX Experience on December 14. The film is an action-packed adaptation of a science fiction novel by Richard Matheson that stars Will Smith in a race against time to reverse the effects of a deadly virus.
Looking ahead to the 2008 film slate, IMAX recently announced that it was partnering with Paramount Pictures to release The Spiderwick Chronicles: The IMAX Experience on February 15. This fantasy adventure is based on the best-selling series of books, and marks the fourth film agreement between IMAX and Paramount in the past five months. The company also announced it has set April 4 as the new release date for the IMAX DMR version of the Rolling Stones concert film Shine A Light, which is directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese. The next instalment in the Batman series, The Dark Knight: An IMAX Experience, will follow in July.
IMAX Co-Chief Executive Officers Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler commented, “Our film slate for 2008 is shaping up nicely, and we are pleased to have already announced four films. We have identified and are actively negotiating for the remaining slots of the year, and are excited about these prospective films.