2015 keeps getting better and better. Back in May, Brad Bird said to Collider that his acclaimed 1999 film: The Iron Giant could be returning to theaters. Bird said that he discussed the possibility of a re-release several times with Warner Brothers over the past decade. However, there was no official word on whether or not the lovable metal colossus will come back to the big screen. That is...until today.
Yesterday, Fathom Events confirmed on their website that they are teaming up with Warner Brothers to bring The Iron Giant back to select theaters. As if that wasn't exciting enough, the version shown will be an all new and remastered Director's Cut with two never-before-seen scenes. It will be known as the 'Signature Edition.'
In addition, Brad Bird took to Twitter to let fans know about the event:
The Iron Giant was initially given a wide release on August 6, 1999. It was released to glowing reviews, and it currently holds a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, one of the highest ratings for an animated movie. Unfortunately, its rushed marketing campaign and lack of hype caused it to be labeled as a box office bomb. Out of a $70 million budget, it earned a relatively minuscule $31 million.
However, the sheer power of a cult film is not one to be contended with. Over the years, film and animation enthusiasts have praised the film for its lovingly retro feel, smart writing and excellent animation. Much like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Iron Giant has earned more fans than many smash hits have have over the years. In its own way, The Iron Giant is a huge hit, as its sizable fanbase and excellent quality likely pushed Warner Brothers to bring it back to theaters.
As of right now, tickets are not currently available on the Fathom Events website. But, you can click here to sign up for email alerts for all Fathom Events. I suggest getting your tickets as soon as you can. As a movie theater employee, I know that these events can sell out fast.
The film will be screened in select theaters on:
Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m. local time.
Sunday, October 4th at 12:00 p.m. local time.