LOS ANGELES, June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures, a division of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX), today announced that the IMAX® 3D documentary adventure Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, narrated by Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), written and produced by Drew Fellman (Born to be Wild 3D) and directed by David Douglas (Born to be Wild 3D) will debut in IMAX 3D theatres across North America starting Aug. 22.
Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, said, "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar brings IMAX 3D cameras to perhaps the most compelling region for wildlife on the planet, capturing this environment in the clearest, most vibrant way possible. As proven with IMAX documentaries such as Born to Be Wild 3D, Morgan Freeman is the perfect guide to lead moviegoers through this one-of-a-kind experience."
The film focuses on the groundbreaking wildlife conservation work of Dr. Patricia C. Wright, who recently received the prestigious Indianapolis Prize. This award recognizes high achievement in the area of animal conservation.
One of today's most respected and prolific actors, Morgan Freeman won an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Clint Eastwood's Best Picture winner Million Dollar Baby. Freeman has earned four additional Oscar® nominations, the latest for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Eastwood's Invictus. He was previously Oscar®-nominated for his work in The Shawshank Redemption; Driving Miss Daisy, for which he won a Golden Globe; and Street Smart. His myriad credits encompass more than 80 films over five decades, only recently including Now You See Me, Oblivion, the Dark Knight trilogy, Dolphin Tale, and Red. He has also lent his recognizable voice to such titles as War of the Worlds and the Oscar®-winning documentary March of the Penguins. In 2012, he was the recipient of the HFPA's Cecil B. DeMille Award for his outstanding contributions to film.
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar features trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia C. Wright, an expert on lemurs and the wildlife of Madagascar. Wright is also a Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University and Founder of Centre ValBio, a research campus in the rainforest of Madagascar.
About Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman narrates Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, the incredible true story of nature's greatest explorers—lemurs. Captured with IMAX® 3D cameras, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. Join trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia C. Wright on her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world.
Directed by David Douglas and written and produced by Drew Fellman, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Entertainment.
About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.
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