I can't say I'm even the tiniest bit surprised that Mission: Impossible 5 will screen in the big ol' IMAX format, but Paramount have gone through with the formality of announcing the plans today. When the film moved from Christmas to the summer it seemed to be a swerve to get out of Star Wars way, but more so on the limited IMAX circuit than in general. There's more than enough 'little screens' for Impossible to come along a week or so after Wars, but the multi-storey IMAX affairs are rarer. And Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol is probably the most effective IMAX release to date, going right for the easy-press button on anybody who is at all scared of heights. I guess they're looking to recapture a bit of that magic here, likely with the big set piece where Tom Cruise walks around on the outside of a plane. Here's the full press release, which confirms that none of the film was shot in the IMAX format but is just being upscaled for this release.
HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 13th, 2015) Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, Bad Robot, and IMAX Corporation today announced that the fifth installment in the blockbuster MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise, directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® theaters worldwide beginning July 31st. The new film is produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. The executive producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger of Skydance Productions and Jake Myers. Drew Pearce, Christopher McQuarrie, Will Staples, Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier and Dylan Kussman wrote the screenplay, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller. The newest installment reunites Cruise with stars from 2011s MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL, including Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. Joining the cast is Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris. IMAX is so important in giving the audience the best experience of the film we have made. I am very happy to have this partnership on the next MISSION, said Cruise. After the innovative way we worked with our longtime partners Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, Bad Robot and Tom Cruise on the record-setting MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL, we are beyond thrilled to once again offer audiences The IMAX Experience® of the latest installment of this action-packed franchise, said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. This film was literally made for IMAX and summer moviegoing. Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures said, Audiences the world over proved with the last MISSION that the IMAX experience is not to be missed and so we are all thrilled to again partner with Rich, Greg and everyone at IMAX to bring this next exciting installment to their screens this summer. The MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise has earned more than $2 billion at the box office, making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history. The IMAX® release of the latest MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAXs customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.