Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan returning to theaters in September with restored scenes, new interview

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is returning to select cinemas to mark its 35th anniversary.

The sci-fi drama, considered among the best big-screen Trek has to offer, was released June 4, 1982.

The cinematic encore will beam down at 2 and 7 p.m. local time on Sept. 10 and 13. The screenings will feature the digitally remastered director’s cut that was previously released on Blu-ray, along with a brand-new commemorative interview with William Shatner.

“Making Star Trek II seems like only yesterday,” Shatner said in a press 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.”

Ricardo Montalban portrayed Khan Noonien Singh, a genetically engineered superhuman despot, who was awakened from centuries of suspended animation in the “Space Seed” episode of the original Star Trek series along with his followers and attempts to take over the USS Enterprise to stage a return to power. The coup was put down and its instigators stranded on a barren world. They returned in The Wrath of Khan to bedevil Shatner’s Captain Kirk and his crew once more, to generally positive reviews.

Star Trek: Discovery, the newest incarnation of Gene Roddenberry’s deep-space human adventure, is debuting on CBS All Access Sept. 24, and Star Trek II director and writer Nicholas Meyer is working in that show’s writers room. He’s also rumored to be working on a limited series based on Khan’s exile after his attempted hijacking of the Enterprise, which would make the mystery Trek project he’s been hinting at an immediate prequel to The Wrath of Khan. We’ll let you know if that tantalizing tidbit pans out!

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