It's been announced that two major upcoming films are not only going to be coming at us (quite literally) in 3D, but will also be released in the IMAX format: Resident Evil: Afterlife and Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch.
Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth installment in the successful zombie action franchise, will be released in IMAX simultaneously with its regular release on September 10, 2010 (they originally took a while to settle on that date).
We already know the film will be released in 3D, but luckily it's been shot in that format (by the team that did Avatar no less) so we'll be getting the best 3D possible. The film will be digitally remastered for IMAX picture and sound creating, "a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie."
With Resident Evil 4's 3D being done by the Avatar team, I have to assume it's a prime candidate for being on the gigantic IMAX screen with top quality sound. The trailer made it far too obvious that it was going to be a 3D movie (with characters literally throwing things at the screen), but I trust in the team 3D tech team to utilize it well.
I probably won't end up catching this in IMAX (there are not many IMAX theaters over here in Scotland). but if the opportunity presents itself, I may change my mind.
The Hollywood Reporter has the news of Sucker Punch being released in IMAX. It's actually part of a recently-announced deal that Warner Bros. made with IMAX to release 20 of its films in that format over the next few years.
Snyder already had his Watchmen adaptation released in IMAX last year, and coincidentally, part of this IMAX deal extends to another of Snyder's films, the strange but fascinating-looking Legend of the Guardian. The latter will hit IMAX and regular theaters on September 24, 2010, while Sucker Punch 3D will be released on March 25th, 2011.
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More so than with Resident Evil 4, I don't think I'll be seeing Sucker Punch in IMAX - we haven't yet seen anything that would warrant an IMAX viewing. The plot (which involves a teenage girl in a mental institution who plans an escape by entering an alternate reality) could be suited to IMAX - but again, we haven't seen anything to prove that.
Will you be seeing either of these movies in IMAX 3D or will you stick with the regular releases?
As stated, Resident Evil: Afterlife gets its IMAX (and regular) release on September 10th, 2010.
Sucker Punch opens on March 25th, 2011.
Sources: Shock Till You Drop and THR