Though some films are conspicuously absent from the press release, IMAX have announced a partnership with Disney that will see most of their big releases on the large format screens over the next few years. Specifically named in the announcement are Marvel's Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Thor: Ragnarok. As far as Star Wars goes, we already knew about Episode VII but now Rogue One is also on the list. Pixar's Finding Dory and Toy Story 4 are named, though Toy Story 4 will only be a limited release, it says. This is maybe because its June 16th 2017 release date is sandwiched between The Fantastic Four 2 on June 9th and some as-yet untitled DC movie on June 23rd. There's no sign of Walt Disney Animation's own films Zootopia or Moana, but th studio's live action movies The Finest Hours, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales are all set to get IMAX supersized. I still don't like IMAX - really, I want to see the whole image and feel the full effect of the cinematographer and camera operator's careful compositions, not just peer at details - but I know the format has its fans. As do Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, Pirates and the rest. Basically, this was less a press release and more a list of incredibly lucrative moments in future box office history, I feel.
Brendon Connelly has been a film writer since the early 90s, with time on the staff of Orbit Magazine, Slashfilm, Bleeding Cool, Den of Geek and many more. He's a long time teacher of film studies and practical filmmaking classes, and has directed music videos, commercials, short films and more. His favourite film is Terry Gilliam's Brazil, his favourite food is pancakes or crepes, and he tries to live his life by the teachings of Kermit the Frog.