An epic 3-D bow for 'Beowulf'


Robert Zemeckis is continuing his love affair with 3-D technology. The director-producer will see his upcoming film, the digitally enhanced live-action "Beowulf" from Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, screen day-and-date in Real D and other large-format 3-D theaters.

Set to bow nationwide Nov. 16, 2007, "Beowulf" is expected to be in more than 1,000 Real D theaters, as well as other 3-D locations, in what should be the largest day-and-date large-format 3-D release ever. It's likely that Imax would be the other large-format theater, though no deal has been signed, according to sources close to the film.

Based on a screenplay by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary and inspired by the ninth century Old English epic poem, "Beowulf" stars Angelina Jolie, Ray Winstone, Crispin Glover and Anthony Hopkins.

"Beowulf" will be the third Zemeckis film to bow in 3-D. The director's 2004 holiday film "The Polar Express" from Warner Bros. played in Imax 3-D to a combined total domestic gross of close to $46 million, while this year's "Monster House" from Sony Pictures earned more than $10 million on 178 Real D screens.

"Bob Zemeckis instinctively presents his films in a very dynamic way that suits itself perfectly for the 3-D experience, and 'Beowulf' is no exception -- the film is an ideal match for the Real D system and other large-format 3-D presentations," said Steve Starkey, Zemeckis' producing partner on the film. "When we presented 'Express' in 3-D, we looked for a way to differentiate the cinema experience, and with 'Beowulf,' Real D is allowing us to expand on that idea."