IMAX Corporation and Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, tonight announced an agreement to release five of Paramount Pictures' upcoming films in the immersive IMAX format under an extension of the companies' long-running partnership. The arrangement features some of Paramount's most highly anticipated tentpole films, including Michael Bay's Transformers 4 (June 2014) as well as its co-production of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar (November 2014) and three titles that have yet to be announced.
Continuing the legacy begun by IMAX trailblazer Christopher Nolan and his use of the 15 perf 65mm IMAX cameras in The Dark Knight, Nolan and Michael Bay will once again capture material and key sequences of these 2014 releases using IMAX cameras. These specific sequences, which will expand to fill more of the screen exclusively in IMAX, will deliver unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for moviegoers.
Here's what Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore had to say in a statement.
"IMAX is among the greatest ways to experience a movie. That fact, together with our combined successes over the years, the growth of the IMAX brand around the world, and our continued partnership with Rich, Greg and everyone at IMAX make this agreement a natural extension of an already hugely successful relationship. Working with today's top filmmakers, we look forward to bringing audiences the most exciting new movies with the very best presentation for years to come."
IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond released his own statement regarding the deal.
"We're excited to build on our longtime partnership with Paramount Pictures, which has been fantastic at incorporating IMAX differentiation and providing moviegoers with the best way to experience the biggest movies. This agreement furthers our strategy of anchoring our slate with blockbuster films by today's leading directors."
IMAX chairman and president Greg Foster spoke about working with these top-flight directors in his own statement.
"IMAX continues to have a deep appreciation for the consistently innovative Paramount Pictures team as well as these incredible filmmakers, who are among the most talented directors working in the industry. We're thrilled and honored to once again team up with our longtime partners Christopher Nolan and Michael Bay. We can't wait to showcase their vision to IMAX fans around the world."