Since we started our IMAX screening series, we’ve been focused on the newest movies about to be in theaters. While I love promoting new movies, when I first pitched the idea to IMAX for this series, the goal was to show both new and older films and balance the two. The fact is, while I love IMAX, the only negative about the format is that once a film is out of theaters, it’s extremely rare to be able to see it again on their massive screens. Which is why showing older films in our screening series is just as important to me as showing the newest release.
And this brings me to our next IMAX screening.
I’ve known Shawn Levy for a number of years and he’s always been the same guy: great to talk with, easy to excite, and a huge fan of movies. While many of you just know him as the Night at the Museum guy, over the past few years Levy has expanded his producing resume under his 21 Laps Entertainment banner and been heavily involved in projects like Stranger Things (he not only produced this but directed episodes 3 and 4), Arrival (which is one of the best films of 2016), indie’s like The Spectacular Now, and upcoming films like Fist Fight, Why Him?, Table 19, and Kodachrome.
So when I found out he had a small window in his busy schedule, I jumped at the chance to get him for a Q&A for Real Steel in IMAX. If you haven’t seen the film, which was released in 2011, Hugh Jackman stars as a washed-up boxer who reconnects with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) as they build and train a fighting robot to fight in the World Robot Boxing championship. It’s one of those movies that managed to blend story and motion-capture technology in a cool way and one of the things that really impressed me was the way Levy created the world of Real Steel. It’s a place that I thought could be further explored in video games or movies…but for now this film is all there is. Real Steel also stars Anthony Mackie, Evangeline Lilly and Hope Davis.
So if you’d like to see Real Steel in IMAX and watch a Q&A with Shawn Levy, on November 7th in Los Angeles we’re going to partner at IMAX for a free screening! During the Q&A I’ll talk with Levy about the making of Real Steel and the innovative technology that was used to create the boxing scenes. In addition, we’ll talk about all the other projects he’s involved in and maybe he can even give us a tease of Stranger Things season 2.
If you’re wondering how you can get in, we’ve got you covered. To see this free IMAX screening, click this link to enter for tickets. We’ll email the people who have won tickets on November 3rd or 4th.
Finally, for those that get to attend the screening, you might want to bring your Real Steel Blu-rays or anything else you want to get signed because I’m pretty sure Shawn will be willing to sign them.