IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) announced today that Universal Pictures' Fast Five will be released to digital IMAX(R) theatres simultaneously with the action-thriller's wide release on June 10, 2011. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of all-stars from every chapter of the Fast and Furious franchise, along with some exciting new cast including Dwayne Johnson, in the film directed by Justin Lin.
Universal's partnership with IMAX on Fast Five marks the studio's return to the IMAX fold. The Academy Award(R)-winning Apollo 13, in 2002 was the first Universal film to utilize the pioneering IMAX DMR(R) technology.
"Fast Five is a perfect film for IMAX," said Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson. "The film's incredible action sequences combined with IMAX's unmatched quality that allows the action to jump off the screen will provide filmgoers with an optimal theatrical experience."
"Universal Pictures partnered with us for our very first DMR release and we're excited to work with them again, this time to bring one of the studio's most successful franchises to digital IMAX theatres," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "The film is a great addition to our expanding slate of movies for 2011, and by the time it opens, we'll be able to reach even more fans of the franchise thanks to our growing network."
"We are thrilled to partner with Adam Fogelson, Donna Langley and their team at Universal, and look forward to fueling the buzz as we lead up to the release," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The IMAX Experience is the just the thing to enhance the thrill ride that will be Fast Five. With this announcement, we are now in business with every Hollywood studio, which gives our fans full access to the best movies in the world."