Star Wars was my go-to example of cinemascope for a very long time. Back in the 4:3 TV era, my letterboxed VHS tapes of the Star Wars movies were an easy, and easy to find, example of what the wide, ‘scope aspect ratio looked like. I pulled out those tapes a few times specifically to show the difference between aspect ratios, I can tell you.
For me, cinemascope is an intrinsic part of the real Star Wars look.
Maybe JJ Abrams will feel differently. He’s certainly being asked to test the idea.
Ain’t It Cool relate a quote from IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond‘s address to Goldman Sachs. Here it is, verbatim, complete with an apparent typo and awkward phrasing that goes back to the original transcript:
We are talking to J.J. Abrams test now about the next Star Wars being used with partly IMAX cameras.
Now, all this really tells us is that IMAX like the idea and Abrams is at least entertaining a conversation.
But he did shoot some of Star Trek Into Darkness in the format.
And Star Wars has always been a series that seeks out the newest in cinematic spectacle and technology – if we could call IMAX the newest in anything, at this late stage.
Well, I’m on Team 2.40, I think. I’d like to see Star Wars in cinemascope.
Man, the idea of him shooting IMAX but protecting just for the 2.40 sliver across the centre sounds like nightmare. One of my personal worst case scenarios here would be that the whole film ends up in a compromised 1.85 for its general release.
Best case scenario? That whatever choice Abrams and cinematographer Dan Mindel go for, they use the format well.
The talks may yet come to nothing. I’ll keep you posted.