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IMAX has announced they will be expanding their partnership with Twentieth Century Fox to include four key tentpole films: Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Predator, Alita: Battle Angel and the Fox’s untitled Marvel film. Hit the jump for the details.

What this means for us is that those four films will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released in IMAX theatres worldwide. No word on if any of these productions will be shot using the IMAX digital or IMAX film cameras, or if the films will feature sequences which will expand to the full IMAX ratio screen. Maze Runner: The Death Cure has already begun filming, while the other productions have not yet begun principal photography so its possible they could still plan sequences for IMAX presentation. Here are the scheduled release dates:

  • Untitled Fox / Marvel Film (2017) 10/6/17
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure 1/12/18
  • Predator (2018) 2/9/18
  • Alita: Battle Angel 7/20/18

We still don’t know what the 2017 Fox Marvel film will be, although it could be Deadpool 2 or another X-Men sequel. Here is the official press release:

IMAX AND TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX EXPAND EXISTING PARTNERSHIP WITH NOTABLE FOUR-PICTURE GLOBAL AGREEMENT

Pact Includes Future Tentpoles Predator and Fox’s Untitled Marvel Film

LOS ANGELES – Sept. 27, 2016 – Re-upping their existing long-term partnership, IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) and Twentieth Century Fox, a division of 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOX), jointly announced the companies have signed a new multi-picture agreement including four key future tentpoles from the Fox slate. The deal includes Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Predator, Alita: Battle Angel and the studio’s untitled Marvel film, all of which will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® theatres worldwide.

“After sharing success with such recent box-office hits as the global phenomenon Deadpool, we are thrilled to sweeten the existing deal with our friends and partners at Twentieth Century Fox by providing IMAX fans worldwide a selection of the studio’s most exciting upcoming blockbusters,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. “With this agreement, we look forward to expanding our partnership with Fox and together offer fans around the world IMAX’s one-of-a-kind movie-going experience.”

The IMAX release of each film will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

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