Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan returning to theaters for 35th anniversary

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One of the greatest all-time sci-fi villains and best productions of the 50 years of Star Trek is coming back to the theaters this summer.  The 35th anniversary of the biggest year of movies continues, with the 1982 masterpiece Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan hitting theaters across the country as Paramount Pictures partners with the Fathom Events series.  It is the sequel not only to Star Trek: The Motion Picture but a direct follow-up to the original series episode “Space Seed” starring the incomparable Ricardo Montalban–and his Khan has remained the unchallenged best villain in the franchise ever since.  Initially Montalban envisioned his character as a brash, over-the-top, shouting image of villainy, but director Nicholas Meyer took Montalban aside to coax from him his iconic, sinewy, scarily subdued personification of the Klingon proverb, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

The legendary test of character for a Starfleet officer, the Kobayashi Maru, and the death of the entire Enterprise bridge crew revealed in only the first minutes…  A ship full of trainees…  An experiment called Genesis…  Where Jaws prompted us to fear water everywhere, The Wrath of Khan made us fear anything crawling into our ears.  Kirstie Alley as Lieutenant Saavik…  Paul Winfield as Captain Terrell…  Ike Eisenmann as Scotty’s ill-fated nephew…  Who would have guessed James T. Kirk had a son?  The most emotional of scenes of the series as Spock says goodbye to Kirk…  And with all the new faces, the familiar ones were back again, at the top of their acting game: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, and Walter Koenig…  All rounded out with a score by James Horner and the most memorable of uniform styles for our heroes created by Robert Fletcher.

But you already knew that, right?

“Making Star Trek II seems like only yesterday,” Shatner said announcing the theatrical re-release.  “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.”  *Don’t miss our interview with The Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer here.

So plan to grab your friends, those who saw it in the summer of 1982 and those who have never seen it as it was intended to be seen, as Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan–the complete Director’s Cut–comes to a theater near you, including a newly produced, in-depth interview with William Shatner that will play before each screening.

It’s all happening Sunday, September 10, and Wednesday, September 13, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time.

And for a retro fix, here’s the original movie trailer:

Theater tickets are available now at the Fathom Events website here.  The Director’s Cut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is currently available on Blu-ray here at Amazon, including more than two hours of in-depth bonus features.

C.J. Bunce


  1. Chris, this is really fantastic news. Having had the good fortune of seeing every original-crew Trek film during their original theatrical run, with the glaring exception of Khan, I can finally somewhat right a terrible wrong!

    • Excellent! I only missed The Motion Picture in the theater of all the Trek films. I watched Wrath of Khan in the summer of ’82 at the S.E. 14th Street Drive-in movie theater with my brother. Seems like yesterday.

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