Imax Pacts With Paramount Pictures for 2011 Release of 'Transformers,' 'Mission Impossible'

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Giant screen exhibitor to release four tentpole pics this year.

TORONTO – Imax Corp. has booked four upcoming Paramount tentpole pics for its 2011 slate. The pact with Paramount Pictures will see Toronto-based Imax screen super-sized versions of Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

Each movie will bow worldwide on Imax screens day-and-date with its traditional 35mm release. Super 8 will be released on June 10, 2011, with Transformers: Dark of the Moon bowing on July 1, 2011. Paramount will also release Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol on Dec. 16, 2011, while The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn will debut on Dec. 28, 2011 in the U.S. market.

Imax is also releasing three Walt Disney pictures in 2011, as part of a separate pact, and the giant screen exhibitor continues to release Warner Bros. movies as part of a long-standing relationship.

Rob Moore, vice chairman of Paramount Pictures, said consumer demand and the Imax brand prompted the multi-picture output deal with the large format chain. As part of the agreement, the fourth chapter in the Mission: Impossible franchise, currently shooting in Vancouver, will feature scenes shot with Imax cameras. Sony Pictures Entertainment is co-producing The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn with Paramount, and Sony Pictures Releasing International will release and market the picture in most key territories internationally.

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