Collider has posted their exclusive interview with Executive Vice-President of IMAX, David Keighley, who talks about The Dark Knight Rises release in IMAX.
Keighley confirms a number of facts about the IMAX release of the next Batman film:
Confirms The Dark Knight Rises will also be in IMAX. Says “many more minutes” should be in IMAX. The Dark Knight had 28 minutes in IMAX. Talked about IMAX’s prototype digital-capture camera with 4K resolution. The first footage from that camera will debut on Born to be Wild.
Talks about the IMAX release of The Dark Knight and how he was able to use the OCN’s (original color negatives) for eleven of the prints that were screened in select theaters, and how those were the best projected versions of any film in history.
How the new Series 2 4K projectors are going to be very close to IMAX film quality (will still take a few more years for these projectors to make it out into the field) How we might get a double bill of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises in IMAX in select theaters. Also talks about why we don’t get to see older IMAX films back in the theater. Talks about what IMAX does to make sure quality control is up to their high standards around the world and how they can monitor a lot of their theaters at their Toronto headquarters. Discusses why you should see TRON: Legacy in an IMAX film theater as 43 minutes of the movie will fill the screen. Like what The Dark Knight did. How no one cuts original negative anymore but Chris Nolan. Regarding IMAX cameras, says they have about 3 of the 3D 2-strip 65mm 15 perf cameras, a couple of 30-perf cameras that have been taken into space on the space shuttle, and a new prototype digital capture 3D camera. Says they have had 4 or 5 meeting’s already with Nolan about The Dark Knight Rises. They are working on bit depth improvements so it will look more film like (when they project digitally). Explains it by saying it’s how many shades of color are in your face. Says for The Dark Knight Rises they are trying to get more than 1,000 shades of color. Film has over 4,000 shades of color. They are currently converting The Green Hornet into IMAX. Will only be getting a digital release. Talks about why digital projection is so important and the costs of making IMAX film prints.
Check out their two-part video interview here: