IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures, a division of Time Warner Inc., today announced that Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) will narrate the upcoming IMAX 3D documentary adventure Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. The film will be released in select IMAX and IMAX 3D theaters starting April 4, 2014.
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar reunites Freeman with Drew Fellman, who also wrote and produced the 2011 IMAX 3D documentary Born to Be Wild 3D, and director David Douglas, who served as director of photography on that film.
Here's what director Drew Fellman had to say about his latest project.
"I am thrilled to continue my partnership with IMAX and Warner Bros. Lemurs are amazing critters and one of the most canny survivors in the history of life on earth. Their incredible story belongs on the giant screen and deserves to be told by such a powerful and distinctive voice as Morgan Freeman's."
Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp, had this to say in his own statement.
"Island of Lemurs: Madagascar brings IMAX 3D cameras to perhaps the most compelling region for wildlife on the planet, capturing this environment in the clearest, most vibrant way possible. As proven with IMAX documentaries such as Born to Be Wild 3D, Morgan Freeman is the perfect guide to lead moviegoers through this one-of-a-kind experience."
Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, released his own statement.
"We are excited to re-team with IMAX on this remarkable expedition to the unique land of Madagascar and discover more about its most fascinating indigenous residents, the lemurs."
One of today's most respected and prolific actors, Morgan Freeman won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Clint Eastwood's Best Picture winner Million Dollar Baby. Freeman has earned four additional Oscar nominations, the latest for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Eastwood's Invictus. He was previously Oscar-nominated for his work in The Shawshank Redemption; Driving Miss Daisy, for which he won a Golden Globe; and Street Smart. His myriad credits encompass more than 80 films over five decades, only recently including Now You See Me, Oblivion, The Dark Knight trilogy, Dolphin Tale, and Red. He has also lent his recognizable voice to such titles as War of the Worlds, Born to Be Wild 3D, and the Oscar-winning documentary March of the Penguins. In 2012, he was the recipient of the HFPA's Cecil B. DeMille Award for his outstanding contributions to film.
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar features trailblazing scientist Patricia Wright, an expert on lemurs and the wildlife of Madagascar. Wright is also a Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University and Founder of Centre ValBio, a research campus in the rainforest of Madagascar.
About Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman narrates Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, the incredible true story of nature's greatest explorers-lemurs. Captured with IMAX 3D cameras, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. Join trailblazing scientist Patricia Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world.
Directed by David Douglas and written and produced by Drew Fellman, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Entertainment.