ThePlaylist.net has shared a bit of a Kodak press release that gives us a small look at the big size in which the current Star Wars trilogy will end with. Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII was shot on 35mm but Star Wars: Episode IX is shooting on 65mm.
Today Kodak announced that in their processing facility in the U.K., they’ve added the capabilities to handle 65mm, and one of the projects listed to use Kodak 65mm stock is “Star Wars: Episode 9.” John Schwartzman will be reteaming with director Colin Trevorrow following “Jurassic World” (the press release mistakenly lists J.J. Abrams as the director of the film) to lens the project, and for both it’ll be a return to 65mm, which they partially used on the dinosaur blockbuster, though it sounds like ‘Episode 9’ will fully utilize the format.
The article then elaborates on how film is making a comeback and Kodak is jazzed about it. 65mm is beyond the capabilities of digital filmmaking so it has a little extra splendor for filmmakers that can afford the format. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was shot on Arri Alexa 65, which is 6k, but the 65mm is said to be closer to 10k in terms of quality from what I understand.
It is hard to say how many 70mm projectors will be available in 2019 but there’s a chance the larger cities around the world may have the opportunity to project the film that way, however unlikely.
Head over to ThePlaylist.net to read the full article.
Thanks to Jeremy for the heads-up!