The IMAX Corporation announced today that they will be distributing The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in their gigantic-screen format. This of course, is exactly what fans of the franchise have been yearning for: to see Edward sparkle in glorious IMAX.

Of course, it must be noted that the film was not filmed in IMAX (such as with The Dark Knight‘s IMAX sequences), but upconverted with IMAX’s proprietary Digital Re-Mastering technology. So don’t get too excited just yet. However, the folks at Summit Entertainment are quite excited about it:

“Twilight moviegoers will have a whole new way to experience this next installment of the series, with the enhanced image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience putting them IN the movie,” said Richie Fay, Summit Entertainment’s President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution. “The IMAX release puts us on the event film calendar for 2010, and we’re very excited to work with IMAX to bring a new kind of film to the IMAX theatre network.”

The folks at IMAX, also excited:

“We’re very excited to work with our new partners at Summit Entertainment to transport the very loyal and enthusiastic Twilight fans into the world of the Volturi via The IMAX Experience,” added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “With our growing theatre network, we’re poised to take advantage of the rapidly growing fan-base devoted to this dynamic, cutting edge series.”

I’m excited as well. Honestly. Twilight: Eclipse tells a very violent story that includes Bella being tracked by the malicious Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) and the tension between vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) builds. More importantly, the film is being directed by David Slade, who made one of the most brutal vampire movies of the modern era with 30 Days of Night. I’m not expecting that level of brutality, as this is Twilight after all, but Slade’s involvement combined with complaints from the set (by Robert Pattison) that he’s turning Twilight into a horror movie, make me mildly optimistic.

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