Sully Shot on IMAX

Late last year, Warner Bros. set a September 9, 2016 release date for Sully, the true story about Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, a pilot who heroically landed a U.S. Airways liner in the Hudson River just off the coast of Manhattan back in 2009. So far only the above photo is what we’ve seen from the drama directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks in the title role, but some interesting new details about the movie have just surfaced.

While filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Zack Snyder have dabbled with shooting parts of their feature films on IMAX cameras, it will be Clint Eastwood and Sully with a record amount of footage shot on the large format. In fact, almost the entire movie was made with IMAX cameras. Find out more about Sully shot on IMAX after the jump.

In an article about the future of IMAX, Variety reveals that Sully will be the first film where “virtually the entire movie was made with the technology.” The trade mentions an Alexa IMAX camera was used to shoot Sully, but The Film Stage dug a little deeper and learned that the film was shot on the ARRI ALEXA 65 & XT. That means it was shot digitally and not on actual IMAX film the way Christopher Nolan has done in the past.

So why did Sully end up being the first film to shoot so much on IMAX cameras? IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond said, “Clint decided to try it and he just loves the cameras.” Surely the sequence when Sully lands the plane in the Hudson will be a sequence that will be incredible on IMAX screens, but I’m not sure this is the best movie to truly show off the camera and format capability.

However, a more appropriate display of IMAX’s power will be on the way not long after Sully hits theaters. Anthony & Joe Russo will be shooting both parts of The Avengers: Infinity War entirely on IMAX cameras, the same that Sully was shot on. And IMAX hopes the cameras will be used more frequently in the years to come.

Here’s hoping we’ll get a better look at Sully sometime soon. We’re not sure when the first trailer is supposed to debut, but more than likely, it will be sooner than later. For more updates on Sully and future IMAX films, just stay tuned.

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