Forget 3D, the IMAX format is the current trend in Hollywood, and one of the hottest movies of 2013 will get a proper IMAX treatment. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will give audiences a taste of what it would be like to be a tribute in the arena. Although the original Hunger Games was presented in IMAX, it wasn’t originally shot in the giant 70mm format.
In an interview with MTV, actor Josh Hutcherson talked about what’s in store for audiences when they watch the IMAX version of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Here’s Hutcherson:
They’re shooting, I think, all the stuff in the arena is going to be IMAX. So when you go see it in IMAX, you’ll see the regular movie when we’re in the Districts and in the Capitol. When you see us go up in the pod in the games, it will open up into IMAX. It will be amazing. It’s very cool.
It’s really good that a big property like The Hunger Games is going the IMAX route instead of the 3D one. For the most part, 3D is a gimmick that feels completely unnecessary for the overall enjoyment of a movie. Of course there are exceptions, but for every James Cameron’s Avatar, there are at least 10 Clash of the Titans. IMAX, on the other hand is very different. It’s an immersive experience that cannot be matched by 3D. Paying the additional surcharge for IMAX feels like money well spent, as opposed to a movie with sunglasses on your face.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will follow Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) as they make their way back home to District 12 after winning the 74th Hunger Games. Their homecoming is short lived because they are sent on a Victory Tour through the other Districts of Panem. They return to the Capital City for the 75th Hunger Games, or Third Quarter Quell, where they have to participate in The Hunger Games All-Star Game with past winners of the bloody event.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will hit theaters on November 22, 2013 in IMAX. You can watch the MTV interview with Josh Hutcherson explaining The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s IMAX treatment below.