‘ET The Extra-Terrestrial’ and ‘Jaws’ Set for First-Ever Imax Release – Deadline
Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment announced today that American audiences will soon be able to experience Steven Spielberg’s classics. AND the extra-terrestrial and Jaws on Imax screens nationwide for the first time. HEY will be released exclusively on Imax from August 12, to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary, with Jaws will be released on Imax and in RealD 3D from September 2.
AND the extra-terrestrial told the story of a troubled child who found the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home planet. Originally released in the summer of 1982, the film became the highest-grossing film of the year, winning four Academy Awards and nine Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and has remained a universal favorite over the decades. who followed.
Based on Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel, Jaws saw a killer shark wreak havoc on a beach off Long Island, with a local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old sailor then teaming up to hunt the beast. The June 1975 thriller became the first true summer blockbuster and a cultural tsunami, also becoming the highest-grossing film of its year. The film earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination and won three statuettes, including one for John Williams’ iconic score. Almost five decades later, Jaws has become an inexorable part of global film culture, has inspired generations of filmmakers, and remains one of the most thrilling, terrifying, and unforgettable films of all time.
“Universal is honored to have been a part of so many of Steven Spielberg’s extraordinary and unforgettable films over the past 47 years, including Jaws in 1975, HEY in 1982 and jurassic park in 1993,” said Jim Orr, president of theatrical distribution for Universal Pictures. “No filmmaker, it is fair to say, has had a greater or more lasting impact on American cinema or created more indelible cinematic memories for tens of billions of people around the world. We could not imagine a more perfect way to celebrate the birthday of HEY and Universal-Spielberg’s first summer blockbuster, Jawsthan allowing audiences to experience these films in a way they never could before.
“IMAX is thrilled to partner with Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment to bring audiences the opportunity to experience these two iconic films in IMAX for the very first time,” said Megan Colligan, President of IMAX Entertainment. “Steven Spielberg redefined modern cinema and ushered in a new era of bold and unbridled cinematic achievement, and the IMAX experience has spread across the world through the path blazed by films like HEY and Jaws.”
“Jaws redefined what it means to be a blockbuster summer event and now, for the very first time, audiences can experience Steven Spielberg’s cinematic classic in 3D,” added Travis Reid, CEO and President, Cinema, RealD. “Everything that has done Jaws A sensation and fan favorite for nearly 50 years will be enhanced in RealD 3D, giving fans an all-new opportunity to immerse themselves in one of the greatest summer thrillers of all time.
ET will open on August 12 against the Roadside Attractions thriller Criminal EmilyGkids animated picture Inu-ohthe comedy-drama of Gravitas Premiere Mack and Ritaand the romance of Strand Releasing, girl picture. Jaws‘ September 2 will include Focus Features’ comedy Honk for Jesus. Save your soul.