Imax, Warners go deeper for 'Sea-quel'

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TORONTO -- Giant-screen exhibitor Imax Corp. and longtime collaborator Warner Bros. Pictures are set to explore global warming in the ocean wilds with their third 3-D co-production, "Deep Sea-quel."

The Imax film, set for a 2009 release, will be directed by Howard Hall, produced by Toni Myers and executive produced by Imax co-founder Graeme Ferguson.

The same trio was behind the 2006 Imax/Warner Bros. 3-D release "Deep Sea 3D," which was narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Before that, Imax and Warner Bros. teamed up to produce "NASCAR 3D," which was released on Imax screens in 2004.

Hall, Myers and Ferguson originally collaborated on Imax's first underwater 3-D film, "Into the Deep," which was released in 1991.

As with more recent ocean-borne Imax movies including "Coral Reef Adventure" and "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea," "Sea-quel" promises a look at underwater ecology in diverse locales including Southern Australia, New Guinea and the Indo-Pacific region as well as a look at the impact of global climate change on the oceans.

"The strong results from 'Into the Deep' and 'Deep Sea 3D' serve as a testament that this is a subject matter that plays beautifully on Imax screens and has time-tested appeal to moviegoers worldwide," Warner Bros. distribution chief Dan Fellman said in a statement.

"Sea-quel" represents the first addition to Imax's 2009 film slate.
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