Walt Disney Studios inks five-film deal with Imax

Mumbai: Walt Disney’s A Christmas Carol, the 3D 2009 holiday release from director Robert Zemeckis and starring Jim Carrey, will be the first film from The Walt Disney Studios slated for Imax theatres under a new five-picture arrangement the studio reached with Imax Corporation.

The announcement was made by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures group president Mark Zoradi.

A Christmas Carol will lead off a slate of upcoming films from the studio and a roster of top filmmakers that may include director Tim Burton as well as producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

This arrangement makes some of the studio’s theatrical releases from November 2009 and beyond available to Imax venues across the country and around the world.

Zoradi said, "Experiencing great motion pictures in Imax takes movie going to a whole new level of excitement, and we’re thrilled to be working with the pioneers at Imax in this venture. We can’t think of a better way to launch than with Robert Zemeckis’ fantastic new approach to the Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. Following that, we have an incredible slate of new Disney Digital 3D motion pictures from some of the industry’s most accomplished and innovative filmmakers, and we know audiences are going to love being immersed in these great fantasies and adventures in Imax’s format."

"Entering into a five-picture agreement with Walt Disney Studios helps us ensure that our network has an outstanding slate of movies going forward. We’re delighted to enter this new partnership with one of the greatest brands in the industry, especially at a time when we’re expanding to reach even more Imax moviegoers," said Imax co-chairmen and co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures president of distribution Chuck Viane added, "Imax has a great track record and a loyal following when it comes to presenting epic entertainment, and we believe we have a unique and exciting slate of films that lend themselves to the Imax format. With the introduction of Imax’s digital projection system, and the addition of new venues across the country, this is a great time to be working with Imax to bring the ultimate movie going experience to audiences everywhere."

"Disney’s commitment to 3D is great for Imax moviegoers and dovetails ideally with our strategy to build a slate of top-quality movies from the best filmmakers and studios," said Imax Filmed Entertainment chairman and president Greg Foster. "We look forward to releasing A Christmas Carol as the first of many great Disney titles and working with them to provide Imax theatres with more outstanding 3D content in the years ahead."

Release dates for additional titles will be announced in the near future.

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