Paramount Pictures Plans Escape

Director Jon M. Chu has been dancing back and forth between action adventures and music-infused dance films. On one side, the filmmaker has been at the helm of sequels like G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the forthcoming Now You See Me: The Second Act. And on the other, he’s directed both Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D, not to mention this fall’s big screen adaptation of Jem and the Holograms. Now he’s headed back to action again as Paramount Pictures plans Escape. Read More »

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maze runner panoramic

A new panoramic process, the modern version of Cinerama, is on the immediate horizon. The ultra-wide screen projection process Cinerama had a brief heyday in the ’50s, when the 146° arc of the Cinerama screen was one of several challenges to television mounted by studios and theater owners. Now, giant-screen exhibition is limited to IMAX, a few dome projections, and special event setups such as the Warner Bros. domination of Hall H at Comic Con, where fully half the hall was wrapped in projection screens.

A company called Barco is now pushing a display tech it calls Escape, in which two additional screens are positioned on either side of a primary cinema screen to create a panoramic image. Now, the first Escape auditoriums are being finished, and The Maze Runner will be the first film to take advantage of them, starting September 19.  Read More »