The industry standard is 35mm, while many blockbusters shoot digitally. J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens and Rian Johnson’s upcoming Episode VIII both used 35mm film, but Hollywood has been experiencing a revival of the larger format with titles like Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (which had a limited release in 65mm), and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master.
Kodak announced Friday that large format processing facilities for 65mm film have been added to their U.K. locations, and a slew of upcoming films will be tapping into them. Besides Episode IX, others listed are Murder on the Orient Express, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and Dunkirk, which was rumored to be utilizing the format.
“The film comeback is accelerating and the epic, big screen experience is well and truly back,” Steven Overman, Chief Marketing Officer and President of Consumer and Film Division at Kodak, said in a statement. “The creative and aesthetic distinctiveness of 65mm film is still well beyond the capability of digital capture, so when discerning filmmakers want to a create work of memorable grandeur and lasting visual quality, they know that only real film delivers.”
Star Wars: Episode IX will be directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) and continue the story that began in The Force Awakens, which introduced Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron.
Trevorrow joked during a panel at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, “I could never shoot Star Wars on anything but [film] because it’s a period film: It happened a long time ago.” He added, “The violinist [at a symphony] is going to choose the best possible violin, of course they will. I choose to shoot with the best possible violin.”
The film is scheduled for release on May 24, 2019.