Sony Pictures Signs Deal to Release 13 Films in 4DX Format in 2019
The studio's biggest titles, including 'Spider-Man: Far From Home,' 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2' and the upcoming 'Men in Black' spinoff, will be released in the immersive theater format, which enhances the movie experience with moving seats, scents, wind, water and more.
A large slice of Sony Pictures Entertainment's upcoming film slate for 2019 will be shown in the 4D format around the world, thanks to a multipicture deal unveiled Thursday with Korean exhibition innovator CJ 4DPLEX.
The deal will kick off with the release of Escape Room in the 4DX format, followed by a dozen more major Sony releases throughout the year, including Spider-Man: Far From Home, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2 and the upcoming Men in Black spinoff (the full release schedule is below).
Launched in 2009, CJ 4DPLEX's theater technology augments and enhances the experience of a film with 21 sensory effects, including seats that move and vibrate in tandem with the action on the screen, dynamic bursts of light and a range of other integrated elements, such as scents, wind, water, snow and more.
"Experiencing films in the 4DX format brings a whole new experiential level to get movie fans out of the home and into the theater," said Scott Sherr, executive vp, worldwide theatrical distribution, Sony Pictures Entertainment. "We have an exciting line-up of films in 2019 that lend themselves to the 4DX immersive experience."
To date, 4DX is installed in 583 theaters in 60 countries around the world. The consumer embrace of the technology appears to be growing too. As of October, CJ reported that the 4DX network had already hit $250 million at the box office for 2018, surpassing 2017's total of $245 million.
"The multipicture partnership with Sony helps ensure our 4DX theaters will have an exceptional slate of films throughout 2019," said JongRyul Kim, CEO, CJ 4DPLEX. "From the psychological horror film Escape Room to the fan-favorite Spider-Man: Far From Home, our immersive 4DX theaters will optimize the effects to make these films an event you can't miss in theaters."
Sony's 4DX release lineup is below.
Escape Room January 4
Miss Bala February 1
Greyhound March 22
The Intruder April 26
BrightBurn May 24
Untitled Men in Black spinoff June 14
Grudge June 21
Spider-Man: Far From Home July 5
The Angry Birds Movie 2 August 16
Zombieland 2 October 11
Charlie's Angels November 1
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel December 13
Masters of the Universe December 18