Cowboys & Aliens to be released in select IMAX theatres

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Olivia Wilde and Daniel Craig in Cowboys & Aliens
Olivia Wilde and Daniel Craig in Cowboys & Aliens

IMAX, DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures International today announced an agreement to offer the sci-fi western thriller Cowboys & Aliens in select international digital IMAX theatres day-and-date with each territory’s release date, starting in August.

The release marks the continuation of the relationship between IMAX, Paramount Pictures International and director Jon Favreau, whose most recent film, Iron Man 2, grossed more than $25 million on 262 IMAX screens globally. The filmmaking team includes producers Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde, Cowboys & Aliens is based on a Platinum Studios graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.

“Jon Favreau’s unique and innovative filmmaking style has an exceptional history with international moviegoers and his films have become fan favorites,” said IMAX’s Greg Foster. “We’re excited to once again join forces with him and our partners at DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures International as we continue the great legacy by showcasing Cowboys and Aliens in the unparalleled image and sound quality only IMAX can offer.”

In the New Mexico Territory during 1875, a stranger (Daniel Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

DreamWorks Studios is led by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider in partnership with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. Aside from Cowboys & Aliens, upcoming releases include The Help, Fright Night, Real Steel and War Horse.