CANNES, France, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - IMAX Corporation and GAUMONT today announced that award-winning French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's (Amelie) highly anticipated film, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released in IMAX® theatres across France beginning Oct. 16, with the possibility of expanding to other territories. The film is an adaptation of Reif Larsen's exciting novel about a 12-year-old cartographer who embarks on a solo journey from his Montana home to pick up an award at the Smithsonian Institution.
"With films like Amelie and A Very Long Engagement, Jean-Pierre Jeunet has a strong track record of creating adventurous, imaginative and emotional films that connect with audiences everywhere," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment. "We're very excited to be sharing his work with IMAX audiences."
"For its first movie in 3D, Gaumont is very proud to work with a director such as Jean-Pierre Jeunet," said Sidonie Dumas, CEO of Gaumont. "Today, our partnership with IMAX is the best artistic opportunity to magnify and emphasize Jean-Pierre Jeunet's work on The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet."
"We are thrilled that IMAX has decided to join us in this adventure," said Jeunet. "This is a technological and artistic partnership that will elevate the high standards of 3D image and sound already ensured in The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet."
Today's announcement was made by IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival.
The IMAX release of The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX 3D 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.
About The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
T.S. Spivet lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother, who is obsessed with beetle morphology, his cowboy father, who was born 100 years too late, and his 14 year old sister, who dreams of being Miss America. T.S. Spivet is a 12 year-old child prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. One day he receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian announcing he has won the Baird award for the discovery of the perpetual motion machine and is invited to make a speech. Unbeknownst to all, he decides to head for Washington D.C. crossing the United States on a freight train. But no one at the Smithsonian has any idea that he is only a child.
About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.
IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Mar. 31, 2013, there were 738 IMAX theatres (606 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 113 institutions) in 53 countries.
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GAUMONT has been one of the main European production companies since 1895. Over the past few years, the company has increased its activities producing, financing and releasing both French and English language features. Helmed by some of today's leading directors, these films have spanned across several genres, ranging from thrillers to heart-warming dramas and comedies.
GAUMONT recently co-produced and distributed the crowd-pleaser and box office hit INTOUCHABLES released in France and other international markets.
In addition to a strong French line up, GAUMONT - the oldest French production company - is also financing and co-producing the following upcoming English-language films:
- Anne Fontaine's TWO MOTHERS starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright
- Jean Pierre Jeunet's THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS SPIVET starring Kyle Cattlet and Helena Bonham Cart
- Nicolas Winding Refn's ONLY GOD FORGIVES with Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas - an Official Selection of the International Cannes Film Festival 2013
- Oliver Dahan's GRACE DE MONACO starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth.
GAUMONT has built up France's second-ranking film library, which holds over 900 titles and includes the works of prestigious directors such as Luc Besson, Matthieu Kassovitz, Francis Veber, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Michel Gondry, award-winning Federico Fellini, Maurice Pialat and Jean-Luc Godard.
GAUMONT joined forces with PATHE to create LES CINEMAS GAUMONT PATHE, one of Europe's largest theatre networks.
This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management's 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. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
SOURCE: IMAX Corporation
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