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‘Ready Player One,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049’ to Get Imax Releases as Part of Warner Bros. Deal

Imax will release Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” “Kong: Skull Island,” and a sequel to “Blade Runner” as part of a new multi-picture pact with Warner Bros.

The agreement includes up to 12 new films from the studio’s upcoming slate. It’s a collection of titles that also includes “LEGO Batman Movie,” “Minecraft,” several DC Comics titles, and a sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Ready Player One” is an adaptation of a popular young adult book, and stars Mark Rylance and Tye Sheridan. The follow-up to Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, was recently titled “Blade Runner 2049.” “Kong: Skull Island,” is a spinoff to 2014’s “Godzilla,” is toplined by Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson.

In addition, Imax said that Christopher Nolan will use one of the company’s cameras to capture key sequences of his World War II adventure film “Dunkirk.” The Warner Bros. release hits theaters next summer.

“We’re proud to re-up our 13-year partnership with the Warner Bros. family,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “This extension includes titles from some of the industry’s most acclaimed filmmakers, such as our friends Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, David Ellison, David Heyman, and David Yates”

Imax is seen as the preferred format of fanboys and fangirls, a group of moviegoers who tend to turn out in force for comic book movies and fantasy adventures. The format also enables movie theaters to charge a premium on tickets, which bolsters revenues.

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