Christopher Nolan’s upcoming World War II epic is about to have the widest 70MM release in recent history. Dunkirk is going to follow in The Hateful Eight‘s footsteps by having 70MM releases across the country.
According to Deadline, Dunkirk is going to have 70MM showings at a total of 125 theaters. That’s 25 more locations than the previous record holder – Quinton Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight back in 2015. Nolan has been pushing the film over digital movement for awhile now. So it’s no surprise that Dunkirk was filmed on IMAX 65MM and 65MM large format film stock.
Of the 125 showings, roughly 30 of them will be in IMAX. The others will be shown in via 70MM projectors. The same projectors Warner Bros. bought from The Weinstein Company for The Hateful Eight, for a whopping $11M. Warner Bros. is saying that Dunkirk is the widest 70MM release of the last 25 years.
Unfortunately, several of the projectors were destroyed after The Hateful Eight. This happened because some theaters didn’t know how to operate them. Prior to The Hateful Eight, 70MM was pretty much dead. Everyone moved on to digital, and the projectors were considered too much of a hassle.
It will be interesting to see how 70MM changes the experience. Dunkirk isn’t Nolan’s first stint with 70MM. Warner Bros. screened his 2014 film, Interstellar in 50 IMAX theaters.
Dunkirk stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and Mark Rylance.
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.
Dunkirk hits theaters July 21st.