Despite noting during development that IMAX cameras were “very loud” and “very unreliable,” Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams may have had a change of heart over the massive format’s use in his new film.
A recent tweet from Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, called IMAX the “#bestformatever” with an accompanying image that is most likely from the set of the new Star Wars film.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) July 8, 2014
The rumor was later corroborated by an IMAX rep in an interview with Slashfilm, in which the rep very matter-of-factly said, “All we can say at this point is that we can confirm that JJ Abrams is using the IMAX camera for Star Wars: Episode VII.”
IMAX brings nearly 10 times the resolution that 35mm film does, but it is likely that the entire film is not being shot in the larger format, still though, Tatooine in IMAX? I can already feel the heat from the twin suns of the sand planet.