A few months ago, director Brad Bird told Collider that a new version of his 1999 masterpiece, The Iron Giant, might be headed back to theaters. At the time, it sounded like there were still a few kinks to be worked out on the deal (mainly formatting stuff: would a re-release be in 3D, IMAX, etc?), but still: the fact that Warner Bros. was even considering the idea was worth getting excited about. And now it appears that it wasn't all talk: The Iron Giant's coming back to theaters this September.
Per Entertainment Weekly:
It won’t be a week’s run, but pencil Sept. 30 on your calendar. Warner Bros. and Fathom Events are putting a remastered “Signature Edition” version of The Iron Giant in theaters for a very limited engagement. The special-event screening will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 30, with an encore showing on Oct. 4 at 12 p.m. in participating theaters around the country. The new remastered cut will include two all-new scenes.
So, not only will this new version of The Iron Giant be digitally-remastered (drool) and in theaters around the country, it'll also feature two brand-new scenes? That's fantastic news!
To put it mildly, The Iron Giant was not a hit upon release. A labor of love on the part of Bird, it failed to catch on with audiences back in 1999, but has developed a massive following in the years since, thanks to steady support from fans and a seemingly-neverending supply of (admittedly, quite awesome) Iron Giant toys and posters. It's great to see it getting a second chance in theaters, even if its for a limited time, and we're pumped to see what the film looks like with a new coat of paint and a few extra scenes.
How 'bout you guys?