IMAX Corporation, Legendary Entertainment and Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast Corp., today announced an agreement to release up to 15 of the studios' upcoming films in IMAX theatres through 2017 under an extension of the companies' long-running relationships.
Under the agreement, IMAX will be part of Universal and Legendary's release strategy for the studios' most highly anticipated live-action tentpole films, including Dracula Untold (October 2014), Seventh Son (February 2015), Fast & Furious 7 (April 2015), Jurassic World (June 2015), Everest (September 2015), Crimson Peak (October 2015) and Warcraft (March 2016).
Here's what Thomas Tull, Legendary's Chairman and CEO, had to say about the IMAX deal in a statement.
"Rich, Greg and IMAX have been important partners for a long time. The IMAX platform has performed over and over again for Legendary, and through this deal we will continue to deliver an unparalleled filmed entertainment experience, as well as showcase the work of our directors in a way that resonates with audiences around the world. We are also pleased that our partners at Universal recognize the value of an IMAX release, and have joined us to formalize this long-standing relationship."
Universal Filmed Entertainment Chairman Jeff Shell had this to say in his statement.
"Universal and our partners at Legendary are committed to the tent pole business and this deal ensures audiences will experience our films in the unparalleled environment of an IMAX theater. For many years now, our fans have been able to see Universal films on IMAX and we are thrilled that we will be able to make this offering on so many of our upcoming titles."
IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond also released the following statement.
"We believe 2015 is shaping up to be a powerhouse year and today's agreement with Universal and Legendary will help further strengthen our film portfolio for years to come.cThis marks our first multi-picture deal with both studios, with which we've had longstanding partnerships, and we look forward to continuing that collaboration to bring some of the most highly anticipated product to IMAX fans around the world."
Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President of IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, issued his own statement regarding the agreement with Universal and Legendary.
"Universal and Legendary have stepped up in a big way and are committed to delivering some of the most sought-after tentpole films that demand the IMAX treatment. Today's announcement is a testament to the success we've been able to achieve together and I would like to thank our friends at Universal and Legendary, particularly longtime supporter and partner Thomas Tull, for their support of The IMAX Experience and delivering action-packed, engaging films that clearly resonate with our core audience."
Furious 7 comes to theaters April 3rd, 2015 and stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Kurt Russell, Jordana Brewster, Lucas Black. The film is directed by James Wan.
Jurassic World comes to theaters June 12th, 2015 and stars Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, B.D. Wong, Omar Sy. The film is directed by Colin Trevorrow.
Warcraft comes to theaters March 11th, 2016 and stars Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, Clancy Brown, Daniel Cudmore, Ben Schnetzer. The film is directed by Duncan Jones.