Well it's official now. The hottest franchise in the world of comic heroes is coming to an I-Max screen near you on May 5, 2011. SpiderMan 4 is to be digitally remastered into a brand new Imax experience film in time for the opening. It will be distributed in the United States by Columbia Pictures while the international rights have been awarded to Sony Pictures Releasing.
Fans will recall that the first three Spider-Man movies have all been major blockbusters, grossing in excess of $2.5 Billion. It seems the studio's enhanced Spidey senses are right on the mark in getting this crowd pleaser out there.
Rory Bruer, the president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing said in a statement recently how excited he is about this new project. While the previous two movies were also released as I-Max films, this release is expected to be the biggest one of all.
Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment talked recently about how excited he is to have SpiderMan 4 in his chain of theaters, mentioning that the franchise has been a huge factor in the success of the wide screen format and talking about how new theaters continue to open with the I-Max experience ready to rock people's world just in time for a new Spidey movie to entice you to go.
And in case you were concerned, yes, Tobey Maguire will once again reprise as his role as Spider-Man. Kirsten Dunst is coming back as well as Mary Jane Watson and Sam Raimi will of course be directing this latest entry into the comic book franchise. Gary Ross, the writer/producer for numerous blockbusters, including Pleasantville and Sea-biscuit is new on the scene however. He is there to draw some fresh ideas into the franchise by adapting the screen play for the big screen. The new movie will be produced by Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, Todd Black and Grant Curtis. Rounding out the team are executive producers Stan Lee, Todd Hallowell and Josh Donen.
The I-Max release is being specially remastered in order to make sure that it can wow audiences with the super clear I-Max images and sound quality, something that the giant screen format is famous for.
Other recent I-Max films include Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and the new Star Trek film. SpiderMan 4 is joining a long and illustrious list of films in this format indeed.
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