IMAX is coming (for Game of Thrones)
James R | On 06, Jan 2015
IMAX is coming for Game of Thrones, as HBO’s epic becomes the first ever TV series to be screened on the giant cinema screens.
There has been lots of speculation about a Game of Thrones movie. Would it finish off the whole series? Would it be violent? Would it be any time soon? Well, now HBO have skipped the movie part and gone straight to IMAX cinemas with the TV series.
Two episodes of Game of Thrones Season 4 will be screened in 150 IMAX cinemas in the US for one week only – starting 23rd January. Naturally, the first will be Battle Of Castle Black, the penultimate episodes of the season that features an hour-long skirmish on the show’s biggest scale to date. The second will be The Children, the finale episode of Season 4, which, in its own way, is no less blood-thirsty.
This double-bill will form a film of sorts – if not in structure, then certainly in size.
“The cinematic brilliance and grand scope of the series is perfect for the IMAX format,” Pamela Levine, chief marketing officer at HBO, said in a statement. “We are always looking to provide fans with new and exciting ways to experience the show and viewing two key episodes, along with the new trailer, on such an impressive platform makes for a great event.”
Indeed, so far, HBO has only released a short teaser of the new season, mostly consisting of footage from previous episodes. The prospect of a new trailer on the big screen is exciting enough for fans. The thought of seeing The Wall under siege on a screen the size of a double-decker bus? That’s exactly the kind of thing to get fans ready for Game of Thrones Season 5.
“We couldn’t think of a series more fitting than Game of Thrones to be the first presented in IMAX,” added Greg Foster, senior executive vice president, IMAX Corp. “The scope and production quality of the show is quite remarkable.”
Will Game of Thrones in IMAX also be released in the UK? We know nothing, Jon Snow. But when we do, we’ll let you know.