IMAX Corp. and DreamWorks Animation today announced that the IMAX release of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa has been extended through the Thanksgiving holiday and into December. Digitally re-mastered for the IMAX experience, the film with hit screens in conventional theaters, IMAX venues and 35 new IMAX Digital theatres on Nov. 7.
Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo, King Julien, Maurice, the penguins and many other popular characters are back in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Left marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar, the New Yorkers hatch a plan so crazy it just might work. With military precision, the penguins have repaired an old crashed plane and they get off the ground just long enough to make it to the vast plains of Africa. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer and Andy Richter all return to their original roles. The film is produced by Mireille Soria and Mark Swift, and co-directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath.
DreamWorks Animation has IMAX release plans to release its first three stereoscopic 3-D titles, Monsters vs. Aliens (March 2009), How to Train Your Dragon (March 2010) and Shrek Goes Fourth (May 2010). These releases will benefit from the debut of more IMAX Digital theaters as IMAX Corp. continues to out its 70mm film projection technology.
IMAX also announced today that it will debut 20th Century Fox’s remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic The Day the Earth Stood Still on Dec. 12, the same day the film hits conventional theaters. Directed by Scott Dickerson, the pic stars Keanu Reeves as a man from another planet who commands the attention of the world with a message of great importance. The cast also includes Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, John Cleese and Jaden Smith.