Other than, say Marvel, few studios in the industry boast a slate of forthcoming releases in the vein of Warner Bros., which has a diverse line-up ranging from Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins to the myriad of DC-inspired superhero films headlined by Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. And today, in a move that will future-proof the company’s big screen outings, Warner has extended its partnership with IMAX for an additional 30 films due to release over the next 4 to 5 years.
It’s further proof that the huge-screen format is very much a favorite amongst moviegoers, with Disney also inking a deal with the company recently to ensure Captain America: Civil War and J.J. Abrams’ much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens get the IMAX treatment. As for WB, however, there are a number of projects that today secured a similar gig.
Under the agreement, IMAX will be part of a number of high-profile tentpoles from Warner Bros. Pictures, including The Man from U.N.C.L.E. , In the Heart of the Sea, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Tarzan movie, the King Arthur movie, Suicide Squad, Geostorm, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Jungle Book: Origins, and Godzilla 2. The deal also encompasses a number of upcoming DC tentpoles, as well as future LEGO movies, including The LEGO Movie Sequel.
“We’ve had an incredible partnership with Warner Bros. for more than 10 years, which has helped IMAX filmgoers enjoy Warner movies around the world,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “We’re excited and grateful to extend that partnership.”
In keeping with IMAX releases of the past, the studio has assured fans that all of the aforementioned films will undergo digital remastering to ensure the sound and visual quality is on par with the format’s lofty benchmark. It’s good news for Warner Bros. and moviegoers generally, given that IMAX offers an unparalleled, immersive experience that can’t be matched by VOD and other such services. Here’s hoping the format only becomes more commonplace as our cinema-going experience continues to evolve.