Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment are teaming up to bring Steven Spielberg’s beloved films “Jaws” and “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” to IMAX screens for the first time ever!
The trailer for the new IMAX release of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” will premiere exclusively with showings of “Jurassic World Dominion” on June 10th. This is almost 40 years to the day after its original June 11th, 1982 theatrical opening. It will hit screens again on August 12th exclusively through IMAX.
“Jaws” will be coming back to theaters beginning September 2nd, also exclusive to IMAX. It will also have Spielberg-approved RealD 3D screenings. That’s right, you can see Bruce coming out of the water scene in glorious 3D! (Pick up the 45th anniversary 4K steel book edition here!)
“Jaws redefined what it means to be a summer-event blockbuster and now for the first time ever audiences can experience Steven Spielberg’s motion picture classic in 3D,” CEO and President Cinema RealD Travis Reid said. “Everything that made ‘Jaws‘ a sensation and fan-favorite for nearly 50 years will be enhanced in RealD 3D, allowing fans a completely new opportunity to immerse themselves in one of the greatest summer suspense thrillers of all time.”
Both films crushed box office records upon release. “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” was the highest grossing film of 1982. It also got four Academy Awards® and nine Oscar® nominations including Best Picture. Not to mention, the spike it caused in the sale of Reese’s Pieces.
On June 20th 1975, “Jaws” hit theaters as a film adaptation of Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel. It became the highest grossing film of 1975. It was a nominee for Best Picture, and won three Academy Awards. This blockbuster (which is where the term came from) also tanked beach attendance for quite some time.
“Universal is honored to have been a part of so many extraordinary, unforgettable Steven Spielberg films over the past 47 years, including Jaws in 1975, E.T. in 1982 and Jurassic Park in 1993,” President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution for Universal Pictures Jim Orr said. “No filmmaker, it’s fair to say, has had a greater or more enduring impact on American cinema or has created more indelible cinematic memories for tens of billions of people worldwide. We couldn’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate the anniversary of E.T. and the first Universal-Spielberg summer blockbuster, Jaws, than to allow audiences to experience these films in a way they’ve never been able to before.”
We’ll let you know when tickets for both experiences go on sale.