Three-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee’s much anticipated new film, Paramount Pictures’ Gemini Man, premieres October 6 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. As has been the case with Lee’s most recent work, the film stretches technological boundaries by being produced in 4K resolution, stereoscopic 3D, and shot at 120 frames per second. The premiere will use Cinity, the new HFR cinema projection system developed by Christie for Huaxia Film Distribution. Christie’s strategic partnership with Huaxia Film Distribution and GDC Technology Limited resulted in the development of the Cinity Cinema System based on two Christie CP4450-RGB HFR projectors.
Gemini Man is an action-thriller starring Will Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative who can seemingly predict his every move. Shot on location in the USA, Colombia and Hungary, Gemini Man is distributed by Paramount Pictures, a company that has set the standard in cinema for over a century. This makes the company wel-placed to showcase the hyper-clarity and realism synonymous with HFR presentation to audiences in the USA and across the globe.
For the premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Cinity cinema system will be configured to produce a brightness of up to 28-foot lamberts using Christie’s laser optical system technology.
Paramount is distributing Gemini Man in a range of versions including 2D 4K 24fps through 3D 2K 60fps for use with current cinema projectors, 3D 2K 120fps for Dolby Cinema, and has mastered a 3D 4K 120fps version in partnership with Christie which will be shown at the premiere and at select locations in Asia.
“We’re proud to be presenting Ang Lee’s incredible film to the premiere audience in 4K resolution, 3D, and at 120 frames a second (fps) using the Cinity system with Christie RealLaser technology – a bold specification that exceeds all DCI-compliant presentation systems,” says Kyle Davies, president of domestic distribution for Paramount Pictures. “We are excited by this new technology and look forward to its roll out in theatres worldwide.”
Lee, who is known for both his dramatic storytelling and adoption of new technologies, won one Oscar for the best foreign language film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and two directing Oscars for Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi. His 2016 film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk was the first ever feature film to be shot in 120 fps high frame rate – more than twice Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, shot at 48 fps, and five times the standard speed of 24 fps.
“Since working with Ang Lee and having created an HFR preview shown at NAB and IBC in 2016, we have demonstrated to the world that Christie is the only projector manufacturer capable of showing 4K, 3D and 120 fps per eye on a giant cinema screen,” says Brian Claypool, vice president, product management at Christie. “Our partnership with Huaxia Film to develop and promote premium format movies, has led us to helping to bring Ang Lee’s vision to life with his latest film, and the results are simply spectacular. It is exciting to be leading the way in this field and helping to deliver exciting new experiences to audiences.”
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