We reported back in July that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan would be returning to theaters for a short time in September for its 35th anniversary – but now we’ve got more details about the two-night-only revival next month!

September 15 update: Fathom Events has added one more night of screenings, September 21.

‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ Receives Special Encore
Screenings in Select Cinemas on September 21 Only

WHAT: The epic science-fiction adventure “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” returns to the big screen for one more day on Thursday, September 21. This encore presentation of the 1982 classic comes to select cinemas nationwide in response to the overwhelmingly positive fan response to the initial 35th anniversary screenings.

“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” will be presented in a digitally remastered Director’s Cut and, as an added bonus for Star Trek and movie fans, William Shatner appears in a newly produced in-depth interview that will play before each screening.

WHO: Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures

WHEN: Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time)

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August 30 update: Here’s Fathom’s official trailer for the event:

Fathom Events – the same company who put on the Star Trek: The Next Generation theatrical screenings during the Blu-ray releases – is bringing The Wrath of Khan to theaters on September 10 and September 13, along with a “special introduction” by Captain Kirk actor William Shatner.

“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” the epic science-fiction adventure that continues to captivate audiences, marks its 35th anniversary with a two-day-only return to cinemas nationwide. “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” will be presented in a digitally remastered Director’s Cut and, as an added bonus for Star Trek and movie fans, William Shatner will appear in a newly produced in-depth interview that will play before each screening.

Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures will present “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” on Sunday, September 10, and Wednesday, September 13, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time each day.

Tickets for “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 35th Anniversary” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Moviegoers throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy this event in more than 600 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“Making Star Trek II seems like only yesterday,” Shatner said. “Even back then, we knew we were creating something really special, and to have The Wrath of Khan back on the big screen 35 years later is a wonderful testament both to the film itself and to the incredible passion of Star Trek fans.”

Director Nicholas Meyer’s “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” was a box-office hit upon its release – the sixth highest-grossing film of 1982 – and continues to be revered and quoted by fans. The film, a continuation of the original Star Trek series episode “The Space Seed,” finds longtime Starfleet nemesis Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban) alive and well, marooned on a seemingly lifeless planet. When he’s discovered by Chekov (Walter Koenig), Khan will stop at nothing to exact revenge against the man who exiled him on the barren world: Admiral James T. Kirk.

Kirk must lead his loyal crew – including Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Bones (DeForest Kelley), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Sulu (George Takei), Scotty (James Doohan) – and an unprepared group of trainees led by half-human, half-Klingon Lt. Saavik (Kirstie Alley) in a race against time to stop Khan from deploying a device that threatens the entire universe. Bibi Besch, Paul Winfield and Merritt Butrick also star in the film, which features an unforgettable musical score by the late James Horner. The Director’s Cut of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” is currently available on Blu-ray™, with more than two hours of in-depth bonus features.

“Star Trek II holds a special place in the hearts of Star Trek fans,” Tom Lucas, Fathom Events VP of Studio Relations, said. “Fathom is proud to work with Paramount Pictures to present it again on the big screen, with all of its excitement, action, drama and emotion.”

You can find a screening near you at FathomEvents.com.

  • Brian Thorn

    “half-human, half-Klingon Lt. Saavik”

    Um, well let’s hope they correct that.

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      I think they were thinking of Lt. S’AviQ of the Klingon Defense Force. It happens, it’s an easy mistake to make.

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  • The Science Fiction Oracle

    It this going to be one of those broadcast things where the content is sent to the theater live, and is usually only 1080P quality?

    This will be a legit 4K screening,, right?

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      Oh oh, I just did some online research, and found out that these events use the Dish Network, and are they same 1080p with all kinds of compression that you would get it you had a Dish Receiver in your home….bummer!!!

      • scooternva

        Oh well the hell with that. I’ll just wait for the inevitable 4K Blu-ray remaster.

        How disappointing.

        • Eric Cheung
          • scooternva

            Unfortunately, no. The link you embedded is for *pre-ordering* a disc that has not even been announced yet, much less released. There is a 4K transfer of the movie out there, but it hasn’t had a home release yet. The “Director’s Cut” 1080p remaster that was issued in 2016 looks marvelous, though.

      • Darren Wander

        I’m not so sure about that. I work at a movie theater extensively in the projection booth. Although many of the Fathom events are presented via Dish, many are also on full resolution hard drives in either 2k or 4k. When my theater showed WOK last year right near the release of the new TOS box set, we received it on an HDD in 4k which I’m assuming was the brand new remaster used for the bluray release. Although I haven’t heard any info yet for this showing, my advice would be to call or email your local theater a couple weeks ahead of the event and ask the the format. They should be able to give you the info by then.

        • The Science Fiction Oracle

          Thanks — I will do that and hope for the best !

        • Justin Olson

          When replied to Fathom’s 8/2 tweet and asked if this screening was going to be a DCP, I received no reply. I just messaged them on facebook asking them the same question and hopefully they’ll get back to me. Unfortunately, I think the William Shatner intro they tacked onto this screening probably indicates it will be a satellite broadcast rather than a DCP. I hope I’m wrong.

        • Andy Hamric

          I was looking at the theater listing on the Fathom Events website. Do most theaters nowadays have the ability to receive a satellite broadcast from Fathom? Can we make a guess based on the theaters listed?

      • Justin Olson

        Fathom also uses the inferior advertising projector when they do a satellite broadcast, rather than utilize the high-end cinema projector which is what they would use to show a 2K or 4K DCP.

        For the 40th Anniversary of JAWS, Fathom sent hard drives to theaters with the DCP on it. Let’s hope they treat STAR TREK II with the same respect.

        • Darren Wander

          If anyone is still following this thread, I can now confirm that the showing will be via DCP/HDD and NOT via a DISH satellite recording so it will be the same full 4k version directors cut that was shown in theaters last year. As I said, I do work at a theater extensively in projection and that is the current booking info that’s showing up for this event. My guess is that the Shatner intro will be a smaller DCP to be tacked on to the movie playlist. This was also done with last years showing with a truncated interview with Nicolas Meyer added after the end of the film as “added value material ” to promote the new directors cut bluray.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            Great to hear — thanks!!!!!

          • Justin Olson


  • TUP

    Id like to see this. But they arent showing it in Canada. Boooooo

  • How about a UK release!

    • Roger Birks

      I second that!

      Fact is; Star Trek is an american show, nothing to do with the UK from a production stand point. This is an event organised in US for US. I do think that it would be quite easy for UK cinema chains to join in, but they would probably not bother because of the expense of doing it!

      • Snap

        I don’t know, Doctor Who is a UK show yet BBC managed to simulcast “The Day of the Doctor” not just on TV but also theatres in 94 countries. But I do agree that the cost involved would be what prevents it.

        • Matthew Burns

          Cost and ” demand “.

          A Star Trek re-release film would be unlikely to garner anything close to a full house in a lot of UK cinemas for a number of various reasons. And this is not cost effective!

          • Snap

            While that may very well be true, it was not the point of my message. My argument was simply that Star Trek being “an American show” has absolutely nothing to do with the potential for it to be broadcast or even simulcast in multiple countries if so desired, hence my example of Doctor Who and “The Day of the Doctor.”

            Star Trek is no longer a purely “American” show, with principal production taking place in Canada and who knows where future Trek productions will end up, (wherever it is the most cost effective, no doubt)

            I think if any of the movies had the potential to draw an audience, it would be Wrath of Khan, which is consistently at the top of best Trek movie lists. But if the cost exceeds the demand, then of course it would not make business sense to schedule a screening.

  • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

    This means there will be some real Trek In September.

    • Your Worst Nightmare

      Yup! Last weekend of the month. Can’t wait until Discovery premieres! 😉

  • TUPwood

    Does anyone know if this will be the version that retains Kirk’s “That young man is my son” line? I read it and Spock’s reply were removed from the recent 4K remaster, which saddened me. 🙁

    • Andy Hamric

      Those lines were indeed removed from the new Blu-ray. One would presume the screening uses that new Director’s Cut. The artwork they are using is the same as the blu-ray cover, but that’s hardly proof positive.

      • Zarm

        So, wait- this is a third version of the film, neither the original release nor the SE from the DVDs? Man, they’re straight-up George Lucasing this thing…

        • Impecunious Joe

          Sixth, I guess (not counting TV / video versions edited for content for broadcast standards or to fit timeslots; also not counting pan-&-scan video releases or foreign dubs as separate versions):

          • original 1982 theatrical version (“Star Trek – The Wrath of Khan”, with no “II” in the title onscreen, though virtually all the advertising and merchandising used the full title we know)

          • “original version” (the one I suspect most of us became most familiar with in the first couple decades after release; same as ’82 theatrical, except with “II” in the onscreen title)

          • network television version (similar to later director’s editions, with added scenes, etc., plus some different takes from different camera angles for Kirk & Saavik’s chat in turbolift; also includes Kirk’s “that’s my son” line and Spock’s “fascinating” response where he sounds anything but fascinated)

          • early 2000s DVD director’s edition (added footage, “that’s my son”, etc., but with “regular” version of turbolift scene)

          • first Blu-ray release (includes minor digital touch-up of minor set imperfections in steps during Kirk & Spock chat outside Kobayashi simulator)

          • 2016 Blu-ray director’s edition (like previous director’s edition DVD, minus “… my son”; also lacks digital set touch-up)

          • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

            Hmm interesting, personally I was introduced to Khan through the tv series so it was odd to see different moments like the turbolift scene when I watched the first DVD

  • Herman Blume

    The picture quality will be hot garbage. Not worth it.

    • Nick Petersen

      Do you think it was better when it was originally released? Serious question, I thought it looked kinda rough myself.

      • Herman Blume

        I’d rather watch the best possible version at home. All the retro showcase type films I’ve seen in theatres the last few summers looked like hell. Grainy, dark, blurry. Just awful.

  • Zarm

    I would really love more of the classic films to get a theatrical re-release…

  • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

    Yay so good Trek in September… And I like that the first shows and movies could have TMP and Khan, too bad the later movies have always tried to have a Khan character, there are a lot of stories to tell.

  • Bill Thomas

    Does anyone know if the Shatner interview is going to be before or after the film? I’m going to have my kids who have never seen the film before and I don’t need the Shat spoiling the whole film.

  • scooternva

    I hate to sound like a broken record, but please reconsider going to this. You should think long and hard before giving your money to Fathom Events.

    Fathom Events has a long and unfortunate history (you can Google multiple references) of beaming the movies for their events to participating theaters via a highly-compressed satellite link. The degraded 1080i picture is then shown on the cheap projectors that the theaters use for pre-show advertisements. The result is a “muddy”-looking film with low contrast, flat saturation and blurry edge detail.

    If your desire to see “Wrath of Khan” in a theater is overwhelming and you don’t care how it looks, then by all means go–I remember what it was like on opening night in 1982. Star Trek was back, baby! What a marvelous film. And that’s *exactly* why I won’t be going to the shows in September: I love “Star Trek II” too much to see it badly projected on a dim screen.

    • Zarm

      But what about those of us who have never had an opportunity to see it on the big screen, and don’t know when that chance will come again?

      • scooternva

        Exactly my point… if you want to recapture that magical shared experience from 1982 *or* experience it for yourself for the first time, then by all means go! It’s just not for me, and (to paraphrase Captain Spock) if I may be so bold, I’m not sure it’s going to be satisfactory for others for whom picture quality is (ahem) paramount.

    • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

      I have to agree with this, to an extent. I went to the North by Northwest Fathom event and while it was really cool to see it on the big screen the print they used was too teal/ blue and widescreen formatting was odd, it was like they cropped the picture.

  • TIG1701

    I just realized I haven’t seen a single interview discussing Discovery in the last few weeks where Nic Meyer is even mentioned. It sounds like he’s just a staff writer on the show.

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  • Havenbull

    I’m going to this on Sunday Sept 10th at an ArcLight Cinema. I am a annual subscriber to their points program, and get two free “Presents” screenings each year, of which this WOK showing is one. I will be sure to report back on the quality. This is one of my favorite movies.

  • The Science Fiction Oracle

    GOOD NEWS — received this email back from my local movie theater (I emailed them asking about this given Justin’s advice below). Looks like this will NOT be a DISH broadcast, but the full 2K version at least:

    “Thank you for reaching out. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan will play DCP on our projectors delivered via hard drive like normal first run movies. It is not a satellite broadcast playing via the Fathom DVR. Hope to see you there!”

    • Justin Olson

      Awesome! Can you tell us what theater chain this is? I’m curious if it’s one of the ones that own Fathom: AMC Entertainment, Regal, or Cinemark Holdings.

  • Justin Olson

    Just got back from the Burbank 16 AMC Theaters to see “IT” and peeked into the 2:00pm show of Star Trek II to check the quality and it was definitely a 2K or 4K DCP being shown on the cinema projector. I’ll be coming back at 7:00 to see the movie. Pumped to see this!

  • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

    Yay there will be good Trek this month

  • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

    I won’t be able to see this until the 13th or 21st, can anyone who sees it on the 10th report back on the print used ? Like if it has boosted teal?


    • DC Forever

      Looked better than in 1982. I am not joking — it was fantastic!

  • Zarm

    It was a pretty great experience. Saw details I’d never picked out before, and got to enjoy a great movie all over again.