It looks like Focus‘ run in IMAX theaters will last just a week, as IMAX Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC announced today that Chappie, the third feature film from director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium), will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released into IMAX theatres domestically on March 6, 2015, following the overseas IMAX launch dates beginning as early as March 4.
Written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, Chappie tells the original story of a precocious robot named Chappie, the first robot with the ability to think and feel for itself. The film stars Sharlto Copley (Maleficent, District 9), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), South African rappers Ninja and ¥o-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, with Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman. Blomkamp produced the film along with Simon Kinberg. Ben Waisbren served as executive producer.
“With his previous films District 9 and Elysium, Neill Blomkamp has proven himself to be a talented filmmaker with a unique voice, and we’re thrilled to continue our partnership with him and Sony Pictures Entertainment to release Chappie in IMAX theatres worldwide,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.
The IMAX® release of Chappie will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.