Or some scenes, anyway. IMAX and Paramount have announced a new 5-picture pact, starting with Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and Michael Bay’s “Transformers 4”, and three more as-yet-unannounced films. This won’t be the first time for either director using the format, so that bodes well.
IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA and VIAB), tonight announced an agreement to release five of Paramount Pictures’ upcoming films in the immersive IMAX format under an extension of the companies’ long-running partnership. The arrangement 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 Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures. “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 audiencesthe 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 Richard L. Gelfond, CEO of IMAX. “This agreement furthers our strategy of anchoring our slate with blockbuster films by today’s leading directors.”
“IMAX continues to have a deep appreciation for the consistently innovative Paramount Pictures team as well as these incredible filmmakers, who are among the most talented directors working in the industry,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment. “We’re thrilled and honored to once again team up with our longtime partners Christopher Nolan and Michael Bay. We can’t wait to showcase their vision to IMAX fans around the world.”
Meanwhile, in casting news, Stanley Tucci has been added to the cast of Bay’s “Transformers 4”. The announcement was made at the recent CinemaCon by Bay himself, though there is no word on what role he’ll be playing. Probably some smarty-pants guy or something like that. Tucci is good at that.
The “Hunger Games” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” actor joins Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor on the four-quel, due out in 2014.