The Wachowski brothers' upcoming action adventure film "Speed Racer" will also be released using the IMAX format on the same day it is released on the conventional theaters on May 9. Reports claimed that IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures have made the announcement on Tuesday, March 4.
On the picking up of the film based on Tatsuo Yoshida's Japanese series to the giant screen, the president of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures Dan Fellman commented, "'Speed Racer' combines riveting action with stunning special effects, making it an ideal choice for IMAX's format." His opinion was supported by Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, the president of Warner Bros. Pictures' International Distribution, who said, "'Speed Racer' has all the elements for a powerful IMAX experience, with its broad appeal and spectacular effects."
Further, IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler revealed that they were thrilled with the prospect of releasing the Emile Hirsch and Christina Ricci-starring film. They stated, "'Speed Racer' is a fantastic addition to our 2008 film slate, and we are very pleased to welcome The Wachowski Brothers back to the world of IMAX. The unique vision of these talented filmmakers has always been well suited to IMAX's format, and we're more than excited to be a part of this release."
The Wachowski brothers and Warner Bros. have previously worked together with IMAX as their films, such as "Matrix" series and "V for Vendetta", had been screened on Imax screens. On their works, Greg Foster, the chairman and president of IMAX Filmed Entertainment commented, "Warner Bros Pictures, The Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver are masters at telling stories specifically for the big IMAX screen, and with up to 14,000 watts of digital surround sound combined with crystal-clear, larger than life images, this movie and IMAX are made for each other."