‘Beowulf’ gets 3-D bigscreen bow

Zemeckis pic to be released in November 2007

“Beowulf” isn’t just being shot in 3-D; it’s going to be projected in 3-D at more than 1,000 theaters when released in November ’07.

Robert Zemeckis-helmed motion-capture digital pic, to go out through Paramount and Warner Bros., will take advantage of digital 3-D projection technology used recently on “Monster House,” “Chicken Little” and last weekend’s solid re-release of “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Par and WB have already pacted with Real D to use its technology to screen the pic in 3-D and likely will work with others, such as Imax, for the release. The 3-D release will be day-and-date with the “Beowulf” release in 35mm.

Zemeckis’ “Polar Express,” which was shot with similar motion-capture technology, was a hit in Imax 3-D in 2004 and in a re-release during last year’s holiday season.

Previous 3-D pics have been released on fewer than 200 screens, but Real D and its competitors are rapidly deploying in anticipation of a slew of future films expected to take advantage of their technology, including Disney toon “Meet the Robinsons” and New Line’s “Journey 3-D.”

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