Director J.J. Abrams appears to have changed his mind about shooting the latest addition to the Star Wars universe on IMAX film, according to a tweet from his Bad Robot production company.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) July 8, 2014
Abrams originally stated the film would be shot in standard 35mm film as opposed to 70mm IMAX, but Slashfilm has confirmed its use on the production of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” though it’s unclear if the entire film is being shot on the larger format or just select scenes.
“All we can say at this point is that we can confirm that J.J. Abrams is using the IMAX camera for Star Wars: Episode VII,” an IMAX representative said in an email.
Abrams similarly used both formats to shoot his last film, “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” which contained about 50 minutes of the larger-aspect ratio scenes that were eventually converted into 3D.
IMAX film boats a resolution upgrade 10 times greater than 35mm, the digital equivalent of which was used to shoot the last two films of the second trilogy according to the Verge. The rest of the films were shot in traditional 35mm.
“Star Wars: Episode VII” remains on track for its Dec. 18, 2015 theater debut, which will also include IMAX.