Disney and Imax said today they have renewed their slate deal through 2017 that will ensure the studio’s upcoming Star Wars and Marvel tentpoles will appear in the large-screen format when they drop everywhere else. As part of the multi-picture deal, Disney also announced it has re-slotted The Finest Hours, the Chris Pine-Casey Affleck-Eric Bana ocean-rescue tale that was set to bow in the October 9 awards-season corridor — it will now be released wide January 29, 2016 to secure a spot in the Imax lineup.
It’s the latest release date move for Finest Hours, the Craig Gillespie 3D drama that chronicles the massive rescue mission launched when a pair of oil tankers split in two off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. It originally had an April 2016 date before it was pushed into the fall in January.
As for the multi-picture Imax deal, it includes live-action and animated tentpole releases from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. That means Star Wars: Episode VIII, the stand-alone film Rogue One and Marvel’s Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Thor: Ragnarok. The deal also includes Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory and Toy Story 4, The Jungle Book, Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. (The latter two are officially the pic titles, Disney also said today.)
“Our relationship with Disney has continued to strengthen after having released 25 films in Imax theatres since 2009,” said Imax CEO Richard Gelfond. “The films in this new agreement promise to continue to provide Imax audiences the highest-quality films available.”