The longstanding partnership between IMAX and Disney will continue; the companies have announced a renewal of their deal through 2019. Part of the announcement included a report that "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson shot key sequences using IMAX cameras.
The overall renewal extends to other Disney film properties as well. Other "Star Wars" movies included in the deal are the Han Solo anthology film and "Star Wars: Episode IX." Lucas film's untitled "Indiana Jones" movie, Marvel Studios' Black Panther,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Captain Marvel,” Avengers: Infinity War” and the untitled "Infinity War" sequel, “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” and “Mulan.” will be presented in the oversized theatrical format. Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2” and “Toy Story 4,” and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel will screen in IMAX theaters as well.
IMAX and Disney noted that "Avengers: Infinity War" and its untitled sequel were already announced to shoot entirely with IMAX cameras by the Russo Brothers.
"The Walt Disney Studios strives to bring great stories from visionary filmmakers to life for audiences around the world, leveraging the best technology available to create exceptional theatrical experiences," said Walt Disney Studios President Alan Bergman. "That’s what Imax brings to the table, and we look forward to continuing to work with the IMAX team on the unparalleled upcoming slate of films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm."
Part of the new agreement will include both companies working together to create exclusive IMAX marketing materials, with special attention being paid to films using IMAX cameras or featuring an expanded aspect ratio exclusively in IMAX theaters.
Directed by Rian Johnson, the film features returning cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis. They’re joined by such franchise newcomers as Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.