After months of previously reported negotiation, Kodak has announced that it has secured supply agreements with six major Hollywood studios to continue providing motion picture film. Following the lobbying efforts of prominent filmmakers including J.J. Abrams, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow, and Quentin Tarantino, Kodak will now continue to supply film stock to 20th Century Fox, Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
According to a Kodak press release, the agreement will “make it possible for Kodak to continue to manufacture motion picture film while also pursuing new opportunities to leverage film production technologies in growth applications, such as touchscreens for smartphones and tablet computers. This also positions the company to remain the premier supplier of camera negative, intermediate stock for post production, and archival and print film.”
After Fujifilm left the market in 2013, Kodak has remained the only company still producing film for motion pictures. Although digital acquisition has become dominant in the industry as a whole, many prominent features continue to be shot on film, including Oscar® nominees Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Foxcatcher, Into the Woods, Leviathan, Inherent Vice and The Judge. Additionally, some of the most-anticipated films of 2015 are being shot on Kodak film, such as Star Wars: Episode VII –The Force Awakens, Mission: Impossible 5, Batman v. Superman – Dawn of Justice, Jurassic World, Ant-Man, Cinderella, Entourage, and Trainwreck.
It seems rumors of Film’s death may have been exaggerated.