Sony Hints at a New 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Movie with a Creepy Teaser

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 - 12:16PM
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 - 12:16PM
Sony Hints at a New 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Movie with a Creepy Teaser
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind is an interesting film, albeit one that was somewhat overshadowed by the far more popular (and, let's face it, merchandize-friendly) Star Wars, which beat it to theaters by an entire six months. It's funny how, compared with other sci-fi works from director Steven Spielberg, this movie hasn't enjoyed the same longevity in the public eye: aside from the five-note melody that functions as the movie's catchphrase, Close Encounters is barely remembered at all by the majority of modern audiences.

This is a real shame, as there are a lot of cool ideas in the movie that come from the era when Spielberg was more interested in terrifying his audiences than selling action figures. Perhaps, though, we might finally see Close Encounters return to the limelight, if a new teaser from Sony Pictures can be taken at face value. Check it out:



Sporting the tagline "We are still not alone" (and directing viewers to a website that uses this phrase as its URL), the rather cryptic video shows nothing more than a simple conversation between an air traffic control tower and the pilot of an airplane. However, interspersed in the video are images from the original movie, including Devil's Tower and the scene where a small boy opens a door to find a UFO hovering outside. It's just enough to get people's hopes up that maybe, if we're very lucky, the studio might be working on a sequel (or remake) to the classic science fiction movie.



These days, Close Encounters feels like an old friend we'd forgotten we'd ever had. With X-Files having made a return, it's about time we got the chance to watch the skies for anything resembling a weather balloon, all the while listening out for that eerie melody that's been etched onto our brains. What was the last real UFO movie that we got? Was it Signs? No wonder the entire sub-genre died overnight. Phoenix Forgotten came and went this year, but ended up being little more than a rehash of The Blair Witch Project.

It could be that Sony's latest vague tease is little more than an attempt to judge interest in a Close Encounters revival. If that's the case, yes please. Let's go back to the roots of the sci-fi genre, before Marvel and Lucasfilm collectively steer all speculative fiction purely in the direction of quirky space operas.
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