E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is returning to theaters exclusively in IMAX, where audiences can re-experience the magic in a way they never had before. The digitally remastered film will be re-released in IMAX on August 12 for a special one-week engagement.
IMAX has released a new trailer for the iconic 1980s film, which features the Academy Award-winning music from John Williams. The trailer concludes with the image of E.T. and Elliot flying in the night sky on a bicycle with their silhouettes against the moon.
IMAX will also re-release Spielberg's Jaws, another iconic film from the director's filmography this summer. Jaws will also be available for viewing in RealD 3D, and will be released on September 2.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which was first released in 1982, received widespread praise across the globe, earning four Academy Awards for Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Score, and E.T. the largest-grossing film of all time, surpassing Star Wars for over 10 years. Jurassic Park, another Spielberg film, followed in 1993.
The popularity of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial would result in several theatrical re-releases, the first being released in 1983, followed by a second in 2002, which commemorated the film's 20th anniversary. However, given what has been provided by the new trailer, it appears that the original film will be released in an entirely new format for a new generation of filmgoers.
On August 12, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial will be released exclusively in IMAX cinemas: Check out the teaser for the upcoming release below: