The iconic opening crawl of the “Star Wars” movies will unfold across the widest of screens when the upcoming sequel to the space adventure hits theaters in 2015.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” is one of a handful of major blockbuster titles that will unspool on IMAX screens as part of a new agreement between the theater chain and technology maker and the Walt Disney Studios.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Tomorrowland” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” are headed for IMAX releases, along with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Maleficent,” the companies said Thursday.
“Star Wars” director J.J. Abrams and other top directors have embraced the technology in the past by shooting sequences with specially outfitted IMAX cameras. Roughly 30 minutes of Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” was shot with the cameras, but the release Thursday did not address whether or not IMAX’s cameras would be used on any of the Disney films.
When TheWrap reached out to the companies about the possibility that IMAX cameras would be used, their response was, “we’re in discussions, stay tuned.”
IMAX’s bread and butter are fanboys and the big screen chain has built its reputation as the place to see special-effects driven pictures and comic book adaptations, something the company alluded to in a release announcing the pact.
“Disney’s and Marvel’s larger-than-life characters and dynamic universes clearly resonate with our core audiences,” Greg Foster, senior executive vice president of IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, said in a statement. “We are delighted to build upon this longtime association and continue to collaborate to bring many of the most iconic and cutting-edge properties in the world to life in the most immersive way possible.”