J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Barco boldly go into the future of cinema with 'Star Trek Beyond' release in Barco Escape

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Los Angeles—Digital cinema leader Barco and Bad Robot Productions have announced Star Trek Beyond, one of this year’s most anticipated films, will be released in Barco’s multiscreen theatrical format Barco Escape. J.J. Abrams, producer and Bad Robot president, said Bad Robot will master a special version of the film, expanding the storytelling across three screens to unveil a thrilling new moviegoing experience to audiences when the film, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, releases on July 22.

Star Trek Beyond, the third installment of the phenomenally successful reboot, is directed by Justin Lin and stars Idris Elba, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zach Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Karl Urban. The most recent film, Star Trek Into Darkness, grossed more than $467 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing entry in the Star Trek franchise.

"Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond is an epic adventure—truly larger than life,” said Abrams. “It is especially fitting, then, that we are partnering with Barco to provide an ultra wide-screen immersive experience using their unique Barco Escape format. This premium format dramatically expands the width of the viewing plane, giving filmmakers an innovative new tool with which to tell stories and audiences an enhanced new way to experience cinema."

Barco Escape will illuminate the Star Trek universe by creating key “moments” across all three screens that should exhilarate fans. Bad Robot will remaster more than 20 minutes of Star Trek Beyond into the new format. As part of Bad Robot’s commitment to the innovative technology, an executive from the company will also join Barco Escape’s advisory board.

“J.J. Abrams and the Star Trek franchise share in our passion for exploration and innovation, which is why we’re thrilled to lead Barco Escape’s 2016 lineup together with Beyond,” said Todd Hoddick, CEO, Barco Escape. “We are honored to have J.J. and the incredibly talented team at Bad Robot Productions as partners and look forward to sharing the power of this experience to capture the magnitude of big, bold stories like Star Trek Beyond.

Since debuting in fall 2014 with the hit movie The Maze Runner, Barco has been working hand-in-hand with today’s top studios and filmmakers to create projects that offer audiences an unmatched viewing experience available only in theaters. Director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor, Need for Speed) recently announced he is directing the first feature shot entirely for Barco Escape. The film, titled 6 Below and starring Josh Hartnett, will be released later this year.

Additionally, Barco Escape holds a multi-year deal with 20th Century Fox and a development deal with Jerry Bruckheimer, also an advisory board member. Barco is committed this year to offering at least four films in Barco Escape, which has proven to bring audiences out to the cinema with its first two theatrical releases.

The fully DCI-compliant Barco Escape technology uses three cinema projectors and two additional cinemascope screens, allowing filmmakers to create for a much larger canvas. With current exhibitor partners in the United States, Europe, Mexico and China, Barco plans to expand to more than 100 Barco Escape theaters in 2016.