Tom Hanks to narrate 'Magnificent Desolation'

...a new IMAX film documenting the lunar landing
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Magnificent Desolation: According to Variety, Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will team with Imax to mount Magnificent Desolation, a 3-D film comprising historical footage of past NASA moon voyages.

The film will be sponsored by aerospace company Lockheed Martin for release in Imax theaters in 2005. Hanks is expected to narrate the film.

It will be shot in 15/70 format using Imax's 3-D cameras and will be directed by Mark Cowen, who made the docu "We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company."

"Magnificent Desolation" was hatched from an idea by Hanks after he saw an Imax transfer of "Apollo 13." Hanks became steeped in space lore after that film, and mounted with Imagine the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon." He thought Imax's ability to transfer NASA's archives to 3-D format would give audiences a sense of the exhilaration felt by the astronauts in what Hanks called "humankind's most incredible road trip."

The film will rely heavily on NASA's library of photographs and filmed footage, much of which has never been seen before. There will also be CGI renditions of the lunar landscape. The film's content comes from "The Lunar Surface Journals," an archival database compiled over the last 10 years by Dr. Eric Jones, who got the 12 lunar astronauts to recount their moon-landing experiences.


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