LOS ANGELES, June 29 /CNW/ - IMAX Corporation, Paramount Pictures,
Shangri-La Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that
Beowulf, the latest film from Academy Award winning director Robert Zemeckis,
the filmmaker behind such box office successes as Forrest Gump, The Polar
Express, the Back To The Future series and What Lies Beneath, will be released
domestically in IMAX(R) 3D simultaneously with the motion picture's premiere
in conventional theatres on November 16, 2007. The film will be released
internationally within three weeks of the domestic launch. Beowulf will be
digitally converted into IMAX 3D and re-mastered into the unparalleled image
and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) through IMAX DMR(R) (Digital
Re-mastering) technology. Paramount Pictures will be the distributor of the
motion picture to IMAX(R) theaters domestically, and Warner Bros. Pictures
will be the distributor internationally.
Inspired by the 9th century English epic poem, Beowulf combines a
digitally enhanced live-action filmmaking technology with an all-star cast
that includes Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright
Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman and Angelina Jolie. Neil
Gaiman (MirrorMask, the graphic novel Sandman) and Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction)
adapted the legend for the screen.
"IMAX 3D has enabled us to tell stories in a whole new way, and we are
very excited to offer moviegoers a chance to experience Beowulf in this
incredible format," said Robert Zemeckis. "IMAX lends itself to the incredible
image detail in Beowulf and in 3D, it will transport the audience directly
into the story."
"IMAX has provided the world's most spectacular 3D presentations for more
than two decades, and as we continue to work with world-class organizations
like Paramount Pictures, Shangri-La Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures on
groundbreaking 3D projects, we're reinforcing IMAX 3D as the gold standard,"
said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler.
"Audiences loved the last IMAX 3D release we did with Robert Zemeckis, so
we're obviously very optimistic about the potential Beowulf holds for the IMAX
"Our partners at Paramount Pictures, Shangri-La Entertainment and Warner
Bros. Pictures have done a fantastic job of combining the 3D-savvy vision of
Robert Zemeckis with a great cast, and we believe that moviegoers are going to
love it in IMAX theatres," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX
Filmed Entertainment. "The unique geometry of IMAX theatres will enable
audiences to feel as if they are actually in the movie as they experience it
in IMAX 3D."
About IMAX Corporation
IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment technology
companies, specializing in digital and film-based motion picture technologies.
The worldwide IMAX network is among the most important and successful
theatrical distribution platforms for major event Hollywood films around the
globe, with IMAX theatres delivering the world's best cinematic presentations
using proprietary IMAX, IMAX 3D, and IMAX DMR technology. IMAX DMR is the
Company's groundbreaking digital remastering technology that allows it to
digitally transform virtually any conventional motion picture into the
unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience. IMAX's renowned
projectors display crystal-clear images on the world's biggest screens, and
the IMAX brand is recognized throughout the world for extraordinary and
immersive entertainment experiences for consumers. As of September 30, 2006,
there were 280 IMAX theatres operating in 40 countries.
IMAX(R), IMAX(R) 3D, IMAX DMR(R), IMAX MPX(R) and The IMAX Experience(R)
are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information on the Company can
be found at www.imax.com.
This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on
management assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and
uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from
future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements.
Important factors that could affect these statements include the timing of
theatre system deliveries, the mix of theatre systems shipped, the timing of
the recognition of revenues and expenses on film production and distribution
agreements, the performance of films, the viability of new businesses and
products, the outcome of the Company's current accounting review, risks
arising from potential material weaknesses in internal control over financial
reporting, the ability to satisfy the reporting covenant by the amended filing
deadlines, the extent and impact of the restatement of our financial
statements, the outcome of the appeal of the NASDAQ Staff Determination letter
and fluctuations in foreign currency and in the large format and general
commercial exhibition market. These factors and other risks and uncertainties
are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended
December 31, 2005.
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