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Update: Star Wars Episode VII filming in 2D IMAX

Jul. 8, 2014by: Graham McMorrow

UPDATE: An earlier version of the story included information about a post conversion into 3D. IMAX has since told sources that the information was not correct.

Call your friends and family; invite the neighbors over, because it just got real folks. It's now official that J.J. Abrams is shooting STAR WARS EPISODE VII in IMAX. You might not be too surprised considering late last year we told you that Abrams was preparing to shoot the movie this way.

Tatooine never looked so sweet:

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Slashfilm emailed an IMAX rep, who 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.” They also confirmed it is shooting film. So Abrams is going 70mm IMAX for one of the most anticipated movies ever? Sounds about right. While many of us knew or at least assumed it would make its way to IMAX, it’s great to see STAR WARS getting the real treatment with IMAX cameras.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII goes big on December 18, 2015.

Source: Bad Robot

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2:09PM on 07/09/2014
So does the update mean it won't be 3D at all? I find it hard to believe Disney wouldn't force Abrams to convert so they can get that precious Chinese money. Paramount made him do Star Trek Into Darkness in 3D even though he has been vocally opposed to it in the past. But since Catching Fire was the #1 movie of 2013 and it was 2D only (and IMAX) maybe that will change things?
So does the update mean it won't be 3D at all? I find it hard to believe Disney wouldn't force Abrams to convert so they can get that precious Chinese money. Paramount made him do Star Trek Into Darkness in 3D even though he has been vocally opposed to it in the past. But since Catching Fire was the #1 movie of 2013 and it was 2D only (and IMAX) maybe that will change things?
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8:32AM on 07/09/2014

Hell yes to the update

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12:20AM on 07/09/2014
I'm glad they're filming it in IMAX, but the 3D takes away from the experience. I wish they gave us an option on 2D or 3D, like on regular screens (or if they just got rid of the 3D all together).
I'm glad they're filming it in IMAX, but the 3D takes away from the experience. I wish they gave us an option on 2D or 3D, like on regular screens (or if they just got rid of the 3D all together).
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10:47PM on 07/08/2014
I'm sure it's just a scene here or there. It would set a precedent to have a full length IMAX film of this type in the format. The cameras are impractical for this type film, and not speaking of the costs involved.
I'm sure it's just a scene here or there. It would set a precedent to have a full length IMAX film of this type in the format. The cameras are impractical for this type film, and not speaking of the costs involved.
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10:20PM on 07/08/2014
Are they filming the entire movie with IMAX cameras?
Are they filming the entire movie with IMAX cameras?
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9:52PM on 07/08/2014
Star Wars filmed in native IMAX sounds just grand.
Star Wars filmed in native IMAX sounds just grand.
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9:35PM on 07/08/2014
IMAX is amazing but 3D sucks. Hey Disney, why not make one or two IMAX showings a day 2D? Man of Steel did it so I know it's possible.
IMAX is amazing but 3D sucks. Hey Disney, why not make one or two IMAX showings a day 2D? Man of Steel did it so I know it's possible.
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9:21PM on 07/08/2014

IMAX? Yes!!

I'm just hoping that it's not only available in IMAX 3D. That would piss me off. I would love to see movies in IMAX, but IMAX 3D, that's pushing it.
I'm just hoping that it's not only available in IMAX 3D. That would piss me off. I would love to see movies in IMAX, but IMAX 3D, that's pushing it.
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9:09PM on 07/08/2014

IMAX? Yes please!

3D? No thanks.
3D? No thanks.
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