It looks like 3D is finally starting to die off while IMAX still stays in demand. Studios are realizing that people don’t want to shell out an extra three to five dollars for a wasted gimmick that doesn’t add anything to the theatrical experience. I blame horrible post converted films and native 3D films that had no business being in 3D. At least people are finally starting to take a stand at the box office.
One positive thing coming out of this is the IMAX format. Finally some unique films that could benefit from the IMAX format are getting their chance on the big stage. Steven Soderbergh‘s virus pandemic Contagion was released in IMAX and most people who saw it on the format said it really helped enhance the scope of the film. I only saw it on a regular screen, but I wasn’t that thrilled with the movie in general.
Warner Brothers is looking to take the plunge on the IMAX front with three new movies. The first of the bunch is the Clash of the Titans sequel directed by Jonathan Liebesman titled Wrath of the Titans. If you don’t recall the first Titans film was horribly post converted to 3D and is probably the worst 3D film I’ve ever witnessed in theaters. The sequel is scheduled for a release on March 30th, 2012.
The second film is Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Killer, starring Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci. The film is scheduled for release on June 15th, 2012.
The third and most important film announced is Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, which only stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. I’m most interested in Gravity because of its impressive two person cast. That’s it; no one else is actually in the movie.
Cuaron is easily one of the best sci-fi directors working and him doing a space movie that will be released on the IMAX format is just bad ass. Especially knowing that its stars the always great George Clooney. Gravity opens on November 21st, 2012.
What are your thoughts on the newest crop of IMAX films? I personally think Warner Brothers is thinking smart and starting to release films that would really benefit from the massive viewing. Hopefully they continue this trend for films that need it and not just big Hollywood blockbusters that try and squeeze every last penny from our pockets!