Mel Brooks Will Pay Tribute To Gene Wilder As ‘Young Frankenstein’ Returns To Theaters

The death of comedy legend Gene Wilder prompted an outpouring of grief from the Hollywood community and film fans alike, and more than a week after his August 29 passing, it’s still difficult to process his loss. But the best way to celebrate Wilder’s legacy is through enjoying his output of films, and moviegoers will once again have a chance to do just that thanks to a special upcoming screening of comedy classic Young Frankenstein.

As Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles did last weekend, Young Frankenstein is set to return to theaters for a limited engagement in honor of Wilder. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mel Brooks — who directed and co-wrote the film with Wilder — will shoot a live introduction to the screening from the 20th Century Fox lot in Hollywood, which will then be broadcast into theaters nationwide.

Per THR, Brooks will give a tour of the lot — where the majority of the film was shot — and will spend some time reflecting on his personal and professional relationship with Wilder. The event is set for October 5, and will be offered in about 500 theaters across the country.

As Brooks explained during his appearance on The Tonight Show last week, he’s still processing the loss of his friend and frequent collaborator. Taking part in this screening of one of their most iconic films is an especially fitting way for Brooks to pay tribute to Wilder, and should be a special and moving experience for the fans who attend, too.

More information about specific locations participating in the Young Frankenstein event can be found via Fathom Events.

(Via: The Hollywood Reporter)