'Twilight: Eclipse' to Be Released in IMAXIf you thought 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' raking in $500 million worldwide in its first three weeks of release was big, get ready for something even bigger. According to Variety, the next film in 'The Twilight Saga,' 'Eclipse,' is getting the IMAX treatment.

Lately the format has become an obvious repository for explosive, man-tastic action pics like 'The Dark Knight' and the upcoming 'Avatar,' or for animated family fare like 'Kung Fu Panda' and 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,' but originally IMAX was known for showcasing lush nature films, like 1990's 'Blue Planet' and the recent 'Wild Ocean,' since the format offers an immersive experiences unique to the IMAX technology. 'Twilight: Eclipse' to Be Released in IMAXIf you thought 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' raking in $500 million worldwide in its first three weeks of release was big, get ready for something even bigger. According to Variety, the next film in 'The Twilight Saga,' 'Eclipse,' is getting the IMAX treatment.

Lately the format has become an obvious repository for explosive, man-tastic action pics like 'The Dark Knight' and the upcoming 'Avatar,' or for animated family fare like 'Kung Fu Panda' and 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,' but originally IMAX was known for showcasing lush nature films, like 1990's 'Blue Planet' and the recent 'Wild Ocean,' since the format offers an immersive experiences unique to the IMAX technology.

But showcasing a 'Twilight Saga' film is in some ways a new move for IMAX, whose theaters carry a premium ticket price. "With our growing theater network, we're poised to take advantage of the rapidly growing fanbase devoted to this dynamic, cutting-edge series," said IMAX Filmed Entertainment chair-prexy Greg Foster. It doesn't hurt that the 'Eclipse' release will fill a pivotal slot in the IMAX slate: Fourth of July weekend.

With that release, 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' will join a handful of highly anticipated films hitting IMAX theaters in 2010, including Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' (March 5) and Christopher Nolan's 'Inception' (July 16).

Driven less by explosive action than by moody teen angst, the 'Twilight' films have become known in part for taking full advantage of their lush Pacific Northwest setting (though mostly they're shot in Canada); all the 'Twilight' films have been gorgeously lit, the cinematography creating a wonderfully dark, fairy-tale feel. The third film, 'Eclipse,' will center on the ongoing struggle between vampires and werewolves.

Releasing the movie in IMAX theaters isn't about pumping up the action or the thrills, it's about creating a deeper connection between the films and their already devoted audience. The filmmakers hope that IMAX will lend the same immersive experience to 'Eclipse,' involving audiences in the story in a way that conventional theaters just can't. So prepare yourself. Because this Fourth of July, some of the fireworks will be happening indoors.


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