IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond was recently addressing investors at a Goldman Sachs conference and made one particularly interesting comment…
Here’s a brief quote that was brought to AICN‘s attention:
“We are talking to J.J. Abrams test now about the next Star Wars being used with partly IMAX cameras.”
Abrams is no stranger to the format because he recently shot some scenes with IMAX cameras for his latest movie STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS.
This won’t be the first time that IMAX is used with Star Wars.
If you remember Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones was the first official application to use IMAX DMR process. This process allows conventional films to be upconverted into IMAX format. This technology allows films shot on 35mm for conventional theatres to be shown in IMAX venues.
Also the opening scene to Star Wars: New Hope was re-shot in IMAX in 1996. They were using a meter long Star Destroyer. The original model from 1977 was just one foot long. The new effects were recreated by Dennis Muren and shot in the IMAX format 70mm film.
The huge scope of space is definitely best seen in IMAX.