Richard Gelfond, IMAX ceo spoke at the Goldman Sachs’ Annual Communacopia Conference and THR quoted him as saying:
We are talking to J.J. Abrams [just] now about the next Star Wars being used with partly IMAX cameras.”
This would be the second time Star Wars has been shown in IMAX, the first was Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones in 2002. This would be the first time Star Wars was partially filmed in IMAX though as Episode II was simply converted.
Attack of the Clones was a mixed affair with a somewhat briefer and more superior cut of the film. Back then films could only run so long in that format and the cuts actually made the film move really fast in a way I preferred.
Either way, I look forward to seeing Star Wars Episode VII as many times as possible in as many different formats that they give me an excuse to do so.
I am a little apprehensive about filming partially in IMAX though. Those scenes look fantastic on The Dark Knight Blu-ray, but they also distract me when they show up. I think I would prefer it to be consistent with Star Wars, all IMAX or none.