Just over 16 years after director Brad Bird's directorial debut The Iron Giant hit theaters, Warner Bros. Pictures is teaming with Fathom Events for the theatrical re-release entitled The Iron Giant: Signature Edition. The animated film will be remastered and enhanced with two all-new scenes, in a limited engagement through Fathom Events. Fathom Events announced that tickets are available for this special event, while Yahoo! Movies released a new trailer.
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition arrives to theaters for a special event screening on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00PM local time, with an encore event in select markets on Sunday, October 4 at 12:00PM local time. The event will be presented in select movie theaters around the country through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. When "The Iron Giant" arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an "instant classic" (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal). And the world soon learned another "giant" had arrived as well: filmmaker Brad Bird, who made his stunning directorial debut with this film and has gone on to win two Oscars, as well as worldwide acclaim for his work on both animated and live-action features.
Winner of nine Annie Awards, The Iron Giant is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a rebellious boy named Hogarth (voiced by Eli Marienthal) and a giant robot, voiced by a then little-known actor named Vin Diesel. The voice cast also included Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr. and Cloris Leachman. The film was produced by Allison Abbate and Des McAnuff from a screenplay written by Tim McCanlies. Adapted from poet Ted Hughes' book, The Iron Man, The Iron Giant was first released in the summer of 1999 by Warner Bros.
Following the re-release of the film in theaters, a high-definition version of The Iron Giant: Signature Edition will be available to purchase from digital retailers in the fall of 2015. The Iron Giant was hailed as an instant classic by many critics upon its release in 1999, but it only took in $23.1 million from a $70 million production budget. In the years that followed, the animated classic built a devoted cult following, with many of these fans now getting to see the film on the big screen for the first time.
After making his directorial debut with The Iron Giant, Brad Bird went on to direct the animated hits The Incredibles and Ratatouille for Pixar, before making his live action directorial debut with the 2011 action-thriller Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. He most recently directed Tomorrowland for Disney. Are you glad that The Iron Giant is coming back to the big screen? Let us know what you think, and if you're having problems watching the trailer below, you can see it HERE.