If you’re excited to see “IT: Chapter 2” next month, you’ll be happy to hear that the horror-thriller is releasing in multiple next-gen formats. The New Line Cinema sequel is releasing in the multi-sensory 4DX format, the heightened 4DX Extreme (available in select theaters and territories) and the panoramic, 270-degree ScreenX format.
The 4DX format brings the town of Derry to life with a combination of motion, vibration, and environmental effects. The 4DX Extreme dials up these forces, some up to 20% over the standard 4DX format. ScreenX is one of the more popular options, and key sequences throughout the film will be projected onto the left and right-side walls of the auditorium. This surrounds the audience and enhances the atmospheric tones of the film inside the theater, perfect if you want to feel scared and trapped within the town of Derry.
“We have had a longstanding partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures, and we are thrilled to be releasing our sixth collaboration this year with ‘IT Chapter Two’ in 4DX, 4DX Extreme and ScreenX,” said JongRyul Kim, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX. “Each collaboration has been wonderful, and we look forward to having audiences gripping onto their seats as they watch the heightened and terrifying concluding chapter of ‘IT’ for a one-of-a-kind in-theater experience.”
“We are incredibly excited to be expanding our partnership with CJ 4DPLEX to release ‘IT Chapter Two’ in 4DX, 4DX Extreme and in ScreenX,” said Thomas Molter, Head of International Distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures. “We trust CJ 4DPLEX to add something new and exciting to the film-going experience, and this film, enhanced by these cutting-edge formats, is going to be a lot of fun and especially terrifying for our audiences.”
Previous Warner Bros. Pictures films that made the jump to next-gen are “Annabelle Comes Home,” “The Curse of La Llorona,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” and “Shazam!.”
The company described the tech stating, “4DX enhances the on-screen visuals of action-packed adventures and haunting horror films, transcending the traditional cinema experience through such special effects as motion-synchronized seats, wind, fog, rain, lightning, snow, bubbles, vibrations, and scents. The result is one of the most exciting cinema formats in the industry, drawing fans deeper into the action on the big screen.”
In the U.S., “IT Chapter Two” will be available in 4DX with Regal Cinemas, Cinepolis, Marcus Theatres, and CGV Cinemas, and “IT Chapter Two” in ScreenX will be available with Regal Cinemas, B&B Theatres, and CGV Cinemas.
“IT: Chapter 2” picks up twenty-seven years after the original, as Evil once again returns to the small town of Derry. Andy Muschietti directed the movie, which reunites the Losers Club. Muschietti also directed the 2017 hit, which brought in over $700M for the studio worldwide. Muschietti directed “IT Chapter Two” from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, and the movie is based on the novel IT by Stephen King.
In the new story, the Losers Club are now adults who have long since gone their separate ways. Once people start to disappear again, Mike calls the others home. “IT Chapter Two” stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone and Andy Bean. Reprising their roles as the original members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise.
Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee produced the film, with Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Gary Dauberman, Marty Ewing, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg serving as the executive producers.
“IT: Chapter 2” hits theaters on September 4th.
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