A consensus masterpiece of the science-fiction genre turns 50 this year, and to celebrate the occasion, “2001: A Space Odyssey” is returning to theaters — in Imax this time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Warner Bros. announced Wednesday that a 70mm unrestored version of the 1968 film film — a process overseen by filmmaker Christopher Nolan — will be shown in four Imax theaters. Additionally, more than 350 Imax theaters will show a new 4K restoration of the film,” THR reports.
The report notes that Nolan’s “unrestored 70mm restoration” screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and earned $1.2 million earlier this summer in a limited theatrical release.
“The exclusive one-week Imax run begins Aug. 24. The four Imax theaters playing the film in 70mm are in Burbank, New York City, San Francisco and Toronto,” THR adds.
The report also notes: “The Imax 70mm film print was created from the recently ‘unrestored’ 70mm print of ‘A Space Odyssey’ that was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative, without any digital tricks, remastered effects or revisionist edits. Nolan oversaw the process.”
Tickets for the Imax screenings will go on sale this Friday, Aug. 3.