Ang Lee film to force new cinema projection technology development

The new film by Hollywood director Ang Lee is set to be shot in 120 frames per second, potentially forcing cinemas into installing new projection technology.

Lee, who made the Oscar-winning movies Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi, announced that his next project, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, is to be completely shot in 3D and 4K resolution.

Frame rate has been a hot topic in the world of cinema since Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson made his trilogy of The Hobbit at 48 frames per second.

Many cinemas currently lack the projectors to screen films faster the current industry standard of 24 frames per second, but as more directors look to push the envelope of what is possible on the big screen this could soon change.

Among the top directors experimenting with higher frame rates is James Cameron, who previously stated that his Avatar sequels are going to be shot at a higher frame rate than 24.

Lee's new film is due to be released in November 2016 and stars newcomer Joe Alwyn in the title role, while other actors involved in the movie include Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel and Steve Martin.

A Sony F65 camera is being used to make the film, which could mean Sony will be developing new projection technology to ensure the movie can be screened in cinemas.

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