SPEED RACER TO BE SIMULTANEOUSLY RELEASED AS IMAXÂ® FILM IN MAY 2008
Next Action/Adventure From the Makers of The Matrix Trilogy To Be
Digitally Enhanced For IMAXâ€™s Larger-Than-Life Format
LOS ANGELES, CA, March 4, 2008 — IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Speed Racer, the action-packed adventure from the creators of ‘The Matrix’ trilogy, will be simultaneously released to IMAXÂ® and conventional theatres on May 9, 2008. Speed Racer, based on the hit anime series created by Tatsuo Yoshida, is written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers. The film will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX ExperienceÂ® with IMAX DMRÂ® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. Warner Bros. Pictures will be the exclusive distributor of the film to IMAX theatres worldwide.
â€œSpeed Racer combines riveting action with stunning special effects, making it an ideal choice for IMAXâ€™s format,â€ said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures. â€œWe are delighted to release the film to IMAX theatres, where audiences can experience the next best thing to actually sitting in the driverâ€™s seat during this high speed adventure.â€
â€œSpeed Racer is a fantastic addition to our 2008 film slate, and we are very pleased to welcome The Wachowski Brothers back to the world of IMAX,â€ said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. â€œThe unique vision of these talented filmmakers has always been well suited to IMAXâ€™s format, and weâ€™re more than excited to be a part of this release.â€
â€œSpeed Racer has all the elements for a powerful IMAX experience, with its broad appeal and spectacular effects,â€ said Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. â€œWe are excited to be exhibiting the film internationally in this unique format.â€
â€œAudiences will experience an incredible thrill ride when they see Speed Racer in IMAX theatres this May,â€ added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. â€œWarner Bros Pictures, The Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver are masters at telling stories specifically for the big IMAX screen, and with up to 14,000 watts of digital surround sound combined with crystal-clear, larger than life images, this movie and IMAX are made for each other.â€
Hurtling down the track, careening around, over and through the competition, Speed Racer is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized-the legendary Rex Racer – whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer, the designer of Speed’s thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company’s maniacal owner but uncovers a terrible secret-some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won’t drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line. The only way for Speed to save his family’s business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie, Speed teams with his one-time rival-the mysterious Racer X – to win the race that had taken his brother’s life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible.
About IMAX Corporation
IMAX Corporation is one of the worldâ€™s leading digital entertainment and technology companies. The worldwide IMAX network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event Hollywood films around the globe, with IMAX theatres delivering the worldâ€™s best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX, IMAXÂ® 3D, and IMAX DMRÂ® technology. IMAX DMR is the Companyâ€™s groundbreaking digital remastering technology that allows it to digitally transform virtually any conventional motion picture into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX ExperienceÂ®. IMAXâ€™s renowned projectors and new digital systems display crystal-clear images on the worldâ€™s biggest screens. The digital system being developed by IMAX is configured for an IMAX MPX-style auditorium, which is designed specifically to enable multiplex operators to more cost effectively enter into the IMAX theatre business. The IMAX brand is recognized throughout the world for extraordinary and immersive entertainment experiences for consumers. As of September 30, 2007, there were 296 IMAX theatres operating in 40 countries.