The IMAX Corporation announced today they’ve signed an agreement with Paramount Pictures for four tentpole movies being released in 2011 to be shown day and date in IMAX(R) theaters.
The four movies are J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 released on June 10, the Abrams’ produced Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, once again starring Tom Cruise and directed by Brad Bird, set for December 16, the previously announced Transfomers: Dark of the Moon, directed by Michael Bay, on July 1, and Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn two weeks later on December 28 (in the United States).
The latter two were filmed in 3D and will be remastered for release in IMAX 3D, while Mission: Impossible has scenes that were filmed using IMAX cameras similar to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.
The official press release has quotes from all the principal players in the deal.
Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures:
“Consumer demand for The IMAX Experience(R) has never been higher. Coupled with the rising popularity of the IMAX brand, the growing number of IMAX screens and the increased interest from our top filmmakers to have their movies offered in this format, IMAX is and continues to be a key part of our release strategy.”
IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond:
“Paramount Pictures consistently delivers top-quality, highly entertaining films that audiences love to see in IMAX, and with these new titles, we believe our 2011 lineup is on its way to becoming the most robust slate we’ve ever had. Our growing worldwide network will enable even more movie fans to experience their favorite films in the best possible way.”
And Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment:
“When you combine the incredible storytelling talents of J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay, Brad Bird, and Steven Spielberg with technologies that transport the audience into the story, you create an awe-inspiring experience that takes movie-goers to places they only dream of — and that is what the core and spirit of our partnership with Paramount Pictures is all about. We are very excited to share these amazing event films with IMAX exhibitors and movie-goers and look forward to working with these brilliant filmmakers as they showcase their talents in our format.”