'Beowulf' slaying Imax in 3-D day-and-date

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TORONTO -- "Beowulf," Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of the ninth century English epic poem, will screen in Imax theaters as a digitally remastered 3-D movie beginning Nov. 16.

Toronto-based Imax said Friday that it will partner with Paramount Pictures, Shangri-La Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures to show a supersized version of the battle between the warrior Beowulf and the monster Grendel day-and-date with its theatrical release in conventional 35mm theaters.

Imax will use proprietary technology to digitally scan Zemeckis' latest movie, enhance it and enlarge it to 70mm, and will convert the 2-D movie to 3-D for stereo vision.

Neil Gaiman ("MirrorMask") and Roger Avary ("Pulp Fiction") penned the screenplay for "Beowulf," which sports an ensemble cast that includes Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman and Angelina Jolie.

"Imax 3-D has enabled us to tell stories in a whole new way, and we are very excited to offer moviegoers a chance to experience Beowulf in this incredible format," Zemeckis said in a statement.

Paramount is releasing "Beowulf" domestically, while Warner Bros. Pictures, which has released a slew of its titles in Imax theaters, is handling international distribution.

Zemeckis' 2004 computer-generated movie "The Polar Express" also screened in Imax theaters in 3-D.

"Beowulf" also will screen in 3-D on about 1,000 Real D large-format screens, Real D chairman and CEO Michael Lewis said Friday.
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