With every Transformers movie chapter he's directed since his debut of the live-action series in 2007, Michael Bay has continually tried to up the ante in terms of visual spectacle. Granted, some of his Transformers movies have been critically lauded and respected by fans more than anyone else, but nobody can fault Bay for trying to give viewers the best cinematic presentation possible.
For Bay's upcoming fifth and final movie as director in the saga, Transformers: The Last Knight, Paramount Pictures says in a press release Friday that the filmmaker – who shot select sequences of the film with IMAX cameras – is partnering with 28 IMAX theaters across North America April 4th to share some of the footage with viewers at a special fan event.
Here is the official statement from Paramount, regarding the news:
"Exclusively in IMAX, these scenes will be presented in an expanded aspect ratio – offering fans 26% more of the image than standard theatres for a truly thrilling and immersive moviegoing experience."
Fans can get free passes to the event at the ticketing site GoFobo. The events are spread throughout major markets across the U.S., including New York, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, Las Vegas, San Diego and Los Angeles. The event will also take place in Toronto and Calgary in Canada. There was no word in terms of runtime as to how much actual footage will be shown.
While Bay is no stranger to using the IMAX format in his Transformers films, he told Screen Rant in a set visit last year that he's going bigger than ever before with his last time at the helm, on the franchise. The Last Knight, he says, is bigger thanks to the availability of ultra high-end Alexis 3D IMAX cameras and RED units:
“We’re going to do a lot more [full screen IMAX] in this one. It can’t be consistent but we’re be able to keep it big a lot. More than Transformers 2. It’s because of the camera we’re using and it’s because we’re framing wider."
The massive presentation of Transformers: The Last Knight is only one of the many reasons fans can get excited about the release of the film, which is set for June. The movie will feature the return of Mark Wahlberg from the last chapter, Transformers: Age of Extinction in 2014; and Josh Duhamel, who co-starred with Shia LaBeouf in the first three Transformers films, is rejoining the cast for the fifth. Perhaps the most exciting addition, though, is Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins, as Sir Edmund Burton. Meanwhile, Burton's servant, Cogman, debuted in one of the eight motion posters released by the production this week.
- Transformers 5/Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) release date: Jun 21, 2017
- Bumblebee (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018