IMAX and Disney will finally work together after signing a five-film deal that kicks off with Robert Zemeckis' 3D retelling of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey in November 2009.

According to Disney sources close to the deal the roster may include films from Tim Burton and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, which would suggest Alice In Wonderland and The Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time, both of which are scheduled to open in the first half of 2010. Release dates for additional titles will be announced in the near future.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group president Mark Zoradi said IMAX experience took cinema-going to 'a whole new level of excitement.'

He added that A Christmas Carol would be followed by 'an incredible slate of new Disney Digital 3D motion pictures from some of the industry's most accomplished and innovative film-makers, and we know audiences are going to love being immersed in these great fantasies and adventures in IMAX's format.'

IMAX co-chairmen and co-CEOs Richard L Gelfond and Bradley J Wechsler said the deal with Disney ensured 'an outstanding slate of movies going forward', adding: 'We're delighted to enter this new partnership with one of the greatest brands in the industry, especially at a time when we're expanding to reach even more IMAX moviegoers.'