Close Encounters of the Third Kind Is Returning to Theaters for Its 40th Anniversary
Before there was E.T. or War of the Worlds, Steven Spielberg brought his first alien blockbuster to theaters in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, and famed French New Wave director François Truffaut, the movie centers on an Indiana man (Dreyfuss) who encounters alien life and later becomes obsessed with his experience. Now, nearly 40 years after it hit theaters on November 16, 1977, io9 reports that Close Encounters is coming back to cinemas in the U.S. and Canada for one week, beginning on September 1.
When it was first released, Close Encounters was another hit for Spielberg, bringing in $303 million worldwide on a $20 million budget. With both Jaws and Close Encounters proving incredibly profitable in just a two-year span, Spielberg had cemented himself as one of the most successful directors in Hollywood.
News of the re-release comes just days after Sony posted a mysterious Close Encounters-related teaser to its YouTube page in honor of World UFO Day. Other than that, not much is known about where and how you can see the re-release, but if you want to stay on top of all the new details, you can visit Sony’s We Are Still Not Alone teaser site and plug in your information to receive updates.