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THE OLYMPIC GAMES: PLAYING AT AN IMAX THEATRE NEAR YOU?
Published September 23, 1997
Film producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy -- "best known for their involvement in" such films as "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and "Jurassic Park" -- have signed a deal to make "the first large-format films about the Olympic Games," according to Kirk Honeycutt of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The Kennedy/Marshall Co. announced it will partner with PA-based EMC Films Inc. to make two Imax films, one on the '98 Winter Games in Nagano and another focusing on the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. "Olympic Glory," the film based on the Winter Games will be shot at the Games in February and released in November '98. It will be directed by Oscar-winning documentarian Kieth Merrill and will run 40 minutes, with a budget estimated at $6.5M. Six Imax camera crews will cover the Nagano Games. Marshall, a member of the USOC's Executive Board, said that he "hopes" to direct the Sydney 2000 film. EMC Films CEO Hilary Grinker said that EMC has also secured "the right of first refusal on all subsequent" Olympic Games (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 9/23).