Fans who tuned into the Breaking Bad series finale on AMC last night were treated to a sneak preview of Columbia Pictures' upcoming true-story thriller Captain Phillips. We have the full video right here, plus another TV spot and an announcement from IMAX that director Paul Greengrass' true story adaptation will be released in IMAX theaters October 11. Take a look at the latest footage, then read the official press release for more details.
IMAX Corporation, in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment, a division of Sony Corp., today announced that Captain Phillips will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released in select IMAX theaters worldwide beginning October 11.
Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass' distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.
The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca.
IMAX CEO Greg Foster released the following statement about this upcoming IMAX release.
"As he's proven before with acclaimed projects including United 93, Paul Greengrass is adept at taking subject matter based on real historical events and transforming it into a rich entertainment experiences for global audiences. We're also excited to team up once again with Tom Hanks, who always delivers the kind of powerful performance that resonates with IMAX moviegoers."
The IMAX release of Captain Phillips will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.