The Enterprise will look more spectacular than ever when Paramount and Bad Robot release a special version of Star Trek Beyond for the fledgling Barco Escape cinema format.
Barco Escape is an ultra-widescreen process that projects a film across three stitched-together screens that wraps around the front of the theater, delivering a more panoramic and immersive experience. The process is reminiscent of the old Cinerama format, which had it’s heyday in the 1960’s.
Star Trek Beyond was shot for traditional theatrical exhibition, so Bad Robot is retrofitting the film to accommodate the wider format. From The Hollywood Reporter:
“When you’re on the bridge of the Enterprise, you might see additional coverage of the bridge,” Bad Robot producer and head of visual effects and post Ben Rosenblatt told The Hollywood Reporter. “Or you might see the Enterprise coming across the screen — and maybe you’ll see more and the attacking forces. There are new ships and antagonists that are well suited to the expanded image.”
For this version, Bad Robot will be remastering the film, with certain sections of the movie expanding to reach out across the panoramic tri-screen display — “at least 20 minutes, hopefully more,” said Rosenblatt.
Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin and J.J. Abrams, who directed the first two films in the franchise reboot, will be leading the creative, which will be a cooperative effort between Bad Robot’s in-house VFX unit, Kelvin Optical; the film’s lead VFX house, Double Negative; and VFX house Atomic Fiction.
Since the film was already shot when the deal was completed, the expansion of the imagery into the side wall screens will be, in some parts, fully CG extensions of the VFX shots. Rosenblatt said some shots will incorporate production footage that wasn’t used in the wide release version, while others would be a combination of production footage modified with VFX.
Barco’s hope is to have the film playing on up to 50 screens this July, just in time for STB’s release. To find out if there’s a theater near you, click here.
Star Trek Beyond will hit the big (and bigger) screen on July 22.