The Gerard Butler-headlined Geostorm is returning to cinemas in a very special edition.

In a surprise but very welcome move, Warner Bros has announced a fresh release for its 2017 movie, Geostorm. What’s more, in recognition of the nuances of the movie, it’s confirmed that it’ll be releasing the film in black and white, to better illuminate the shades of grey between the production’s complex array of characters.

The film, starring Gerard Butler, was originally released towards the end of 2017 after a prolonged production. And whilst it didn’t set the box office alight, a torch has been held for it by a legion of fans. They’re now being rewarded with news of the black and white re-release, which will initially play in cinemas before heading to DVD and Blu-ray later in the year.

The official press announcement from Warner Bros not only confirmed the news, but added some of the background. The next two paragraphs are taken directly from it:

Director Dean Devlin remarked on his inspiration behind the project, “Cinema was black and white in the very beginning. There was a time when films were only in black and white, and even throughout the 40s and 60s when colour films came into the picture, there were numerous films still in black and white. Black and white is the origin of cinema. Although I became a filmmaker in the 2000s, I idealize the beautiful black and white films by Renoir, Fellini, Kurosawa, John Ford, and the beautiful cinematography of Gregg Toland. I always had this desire to create a black and white film”.

He added, “I’m extremely happy to present GEOSTORM in black and white and have it play on the big screen. It will be fascinating to see how the viewing experience changes when an identical film is presented in black and white. I watched the black and white version twice now, and at times the film felt more like a fable and gave me the strange sense that I was watching a story from old times. The second time I watched it, the film felt more realistic and sharp as if I was being cut by a blade. It also further highlighted the actors’ performances and seemed to revolve more around the characters. I had many fleeting impressions of this new version, but I do not wish to define them before it is presented. I hope everyone in the audience can compare their own experiences from the colour version and find their own path to GEOSTORM in black and white.”

Here’s the box art for the new release…

And an exclusive clip of the newly-remastered black and white edition of the film…

More as we hear it.

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