Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens looks like it’s going to be playing with the already massive world in the SW universe, and also delving even farther into the mythologies and characters in new and unique ways. Whether or not this means the scale and scope of the movie will be the largest of any of the Star Wars films up to this point is still a mystery though, but judging by the amount of time that has passed since Return of the Jedi and sequences like flying the Millennium Falcon through the bones of a crashed ship, certainly make it look like this might just be the most massive SW movie to date.
However, J.J. Abrams has already revealed that there is only one sequence in the film that was shot in full IMAX, with the rest of the movie still being shot on actual celluloid film. This was disappointing news to fans when it was revealed a few months back too, as many were hoping that at least a large majority of the movie would be presented in that format.
Well, it looks like that won’t be stopping Disney and Lucasfilm from taking full advantage of the IMAX possibilities, as it has been revealed today by THR that The Force Awakens will be taking over every single single North American IMAX screen, and most of the foreign screens as well when it is released on December 18th. That’s not all though, the film will be holding the screens for an abnormally long time as well, and has already been guaranteed to be on all of the screens for a minimum of four weeks.
This means that films like Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea and The Revenant will both be heavily affected by Star Wars’ long hold on the presentation format. In the Heart of the Sea will only be available for a week before The Force Awakens takes over the screens, and The Revenant won’t be able to be presented in the format for a week after it’s wide release at a minimum, and could be forced to wait even longer. It looks like several of the other film studios are about to feel the full power of the Force later this year.
On the other hand, there’s no denying that there will be a high demand (and that’s putting it lightly) from fans to see The Force Awakens multiple times in IMAX before it heads out of theatres. While only one sequence of the film will actually be taking full advantage of the format, it looks like whatever sequence it is will be well worth the extra price of admission to the IMAX screens in December. Who knows? Maybe we’ve already seen clips from the sequence in one of the trailers. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is set to hit theatres nationwide on December 18th.
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