By Monica Sabella, A&E Editor
For director Christopher Nolan, the old ways are the best ways. For this reason, he has decided to release his new film, Interstellar, two days before scheduled to those theaters still equipped to project 35mm and 70mm film.
This poses a major problem for most theaters. After spending millions of dollars to convert to digital, as required by Hollywood films, the idea of lugging out the old machines and hiring film projectors to work them is not one theater owners care to meditate on.
“It devalues what we’ve done,” states Joe Paletta, chief and founder of Spotlight Theaters, a small chain in Georgia that is now all-digital. “I can’t afford to get the projectors out of the warehouse for two days, and I don’t even have anyone to operate them.”
But with a stellar cast lead by Matthew McConaughey, followed by talent like Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain can you really afford not to? This is a Christopher Nolan film we’re talking about here. The Academy may snub this director, but based on revenues earned from box office hits like The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, and The Prestige, the public does not.
Within the last few years, digital has replaced the old mode of filming due to multiple reasons. Producing a movie through the use of cellulite film is both more expensive and time consuming. Where editing digital shots can be done with the touch of an erase key, a director will have to sort through rolls and rolls of film then wait to have it developed before he can resume the process of editing.
However, Nolan states this adds to the theater goers experience and is worth the cost. Other directors, namely Quentin Tarantino, have also made a stand against converting to the more modern filming option. Nolan with his extensive connections with producers has all the backing he needs.
“Interstellar plays spectacularly, and we have a filmmaker who loves film, so we wanted to take a moment to showcase film as an important part of our heritage,” said Rob Moore Paramount’s vice chairman.
This science fiction film will be rocketing theaters near you as early as November 5 , for those select businesses who can keep up with Nolan’s request and November 7 for those who can’t.