The deal bolsters IMAX Corporation’s standing in the global tentpole business.
The four films opening in 2011 are Super 8, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn.
Each film will open day-and-date in IMAX theatres worldwide. Sony is co-production partner on The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn and will handle distribution and marketing in most key territories.
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon and The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn, both originally shot in 3D, will be digitally re-mastered for IMAX 3D.
As with Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking work on The Dark Knight, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol will feature scenes shot on IMAX cameras.
IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond said this year’s slate was shaping up to be the company’s most robust ever, while IMAX Filmed Entertainment chairman and president Greg Foster said the essence of the partnership was to take audience to places they could “only dream of.” Paramount vice-chairman Rob Moore said IMAX continued to be “a key part” of the studio’s release strategy.
Super 8 will open on June 10, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon on July 1, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol on December 16, and The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn on December 28.