IMAX and Paramount Pictures have announced an agreement to release five of Paramount’s upcoming films in the immersive IMAX format under an extension of the two companies’ long-standing agreement. The pact features some of Paramount’s most highly anticipated tentpole films, including Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 (June 2014) as well as its co-production of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (November 2014) and three titles that have yet to be announced.
Continuing the legacy begun by IMAX trailblazer Christopher Nolan and his use of the 15 perf 65mm IMAX cameras in The Dark Knight, Nolan and Michael Bay will once again capture material and key sequences of these 2014 releases using IMAX cameras. These specific sequences, which will expand to fill more of the screen exclusively in IMAX, will deliver unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for moviegoers.
“IMAX is among the greatest ways to experience a movie,” said Paramount Pictures’ Rob Moore. “That fact, together with our combined successes over the years, the growth of the IMAX brand around the world, and our continued partnership with Rich, Greg and everyone at IMAX make this agreement a natural extension of an already hugely successful relationship. Working with today’s top filmmakers, we look forward to bringing audiences the most exciting new movies with the very best presentation for years to come.”
“We’re excited to build on our longtime partnership with Paramount Pictures, which has been fantastic at incorporating IMAX differentiation and providing moviegoers with the best way to experience the biggest movies,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “This agreement furthers our strategy of anchoring our slate with blockbuster films by today’s leading directors.”
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, due in theaters on November 7, 2014, is an exploration of physicist Kip Thorne’s theories of gravity fields, wormholes and several hypotheses that Albert Einstein was never able to prove. Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey are among the cast.
The as-yet-untitled Transformers Sequel, directed by Michael Bay from a script by Ehren Kruger, is due in theaters on June 27, 2014, starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor.