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Spider-Man 4 Gets an IMAX Upconvert on May 5, 2011

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Columbia Pictures and the IMAX Corporation are press releasing this morning, letting us know that they will be releasing Spider-Man 4 on May 5, 2011 on the biggest of the big screen formats. This announcement comes hot off the heels of speculation from actor Bruce Campbell about the project’s start date, which allegedly will be in January. The only problem is that Spider-Man 4 will not be shot using IMAX technology, but rather re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience.

That doesn’t seem to weigh heavy on the execs at Sony and IMAX though. They seem pretty stoked about the whole ordeal:

“The last two Spider-Man releases have been available in IMAX theaters, and we’re very much looking forward to our return to a wider IMAX theatre network with this exciting new chapter in the continuing adventures of Spider-Man,” said Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing. “The addition of so many new IMAX locations will give even more fans of Spider-Man an opportunity to experience the action and adventure in a unique way.”

Spider-Man continues to be one of the world’s most popular motion picture franchises, and we are very excited to include the latest chapter as part of our 2011 slate,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “Our network has grown significantly and we continue to roll-out new theaters virtually every week, giving more moviegoers the opportunity to experience the movie in IMAX.”

“We’re so excited to once again work with our friends at Columbia Pictures, Sony and Marvel to bring this beloved superhero back to IMAX theatres,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “The Spider-Man franchise has been so important to the growth of our network and fan base over the years and we’re certainly looking forward to re-teaming with the entire cast and production team to bring this next chapter to moviegoers worldwide.”

Spider-Man 4 will reunite director Sam Raimi with stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) is currently working on the screenplay.

Will you see Spider-Man 4 in IMAX?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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