'Toy Story 3' to open Taormina Film Fest
World premiere of Disney film will be held June 12ROME -- The world premiere of Disney Pictures' "Toy Story 3" will be the opening night film in the ancient Greek Theatre at this year's Taormina Film Festival, organizers said Monday.
The June 12 opening -- one day before the film premieres in the U.S. -- will represent the first time a major 3D film premiered outdoors, at the picturesque Sicilian festival, which runs through June 18.
The animated film is the latest installment in the 15-year-old "Toy Story" franchise.
The blockbuster premiere will held solidify Taormina's reputation as a major launch pad for big-budget summer films. In recent years, the 56-year-old festival has served as the international starting point for Michael Bay's "Transformers" and "Mission Impossible II" from John Woo. But unlike those two screenings, the "Toy Story 3" screening will be a true world premiere, with the festival screening preceding any other public screenings.
Disney officials confirmed the plans but declined comment on what festival organizers said would be a gala opening to the festival built around the premiere.
Taormina's artistic director is Deborah Young, the chief international film critic for The Hollywood Reporter.