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Zemeckis, Rapke, Starkey go 3-D

Trio partner with Disney for new film co.

Robert Zemeckis and his producing partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey are partnering with the Walt Disney Studios to form a film company to specialize in performance capture films.

Company has yet to be named. Zemeckis, Rapke and Starkey’s current production shingle, ImageMovers, already based at Disney, will be folded into the new venture.

The three ImageMovers partners will produce all the company’s films, many of which will be helmed by Zemeckis. Disney will market and distrib the pics worldwide.

Company will be devoted to producing 3-D films using motion capture technology. Under the ImageMovers banner, the trio produced motion capture pics “The Polar Express” for Warner Bros. and “Monster House” for Sony, as well as the upcoming “Beowulf,” which Paramount will release.

Disney has been at the forefront of film-related 3-D technology. Its animated “Chicken Little” was released on 3-D screens, as will be the upcoming “Meet the Robinsons.” Last fall Disney re-released “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in 3-D.

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