“The Phantom Menace” To Celebrate 25th Anniversary With Theatrical Re-Release

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Phantom Menace, Star Wars is taking it back to 1999 and giving the box-office smash hit film a theatrical re-release this May.

What’s Happening:

  • Announced earlier today, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace will return to theaters for its 25th anniversary starting Friday, May 3. Or, you know, the weekend of May 4th.
  • To coincide with the rerelease, artist Matt Ferguson has created a beautiful new poster, which you can see above.
  • The Phantom Menace, Episode I of the Star Wars saga and the first film in the prequel trilogy, originally arrived in cinemas on May 19, 1999, following tremendous hype.
  • Written and directed by George Lucas, it introduced the world to young Anakin Skywalker, Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, Queen Padmé Amidala, and the evil Sith duo, Darth Sidious and Darth Maul. The Phantom Menace would be a landmark in the development of visual effects and become one of the highest grossing movies of all time.
  • Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace is packed with moments best witnessed by fans on the big screen, going all the way back to the very beginning of the Skywalker Saga to depict Anakin Skywalker’s first encounter with the Jedi, the beginnings of the galactic civil war, and the menacing meddling of Palpatine. The epic Darth Maul vs. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn duel. The thunderous Boonta Eve Podrace. The battle of Naboo. The list goes on.
  • So then it must be great news that to mark 25 years since the film first hit cinemas in 1999, it’s coming back to cinemas later this year.
  • The Phantom Menace is set to arrive in theaters once again on May 3rd, 2024.

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Tony Betti
Originally from California where he studied a dying artform (hand-drawn animation), Tony has spent most of his adult life in the theme parks of Orlando. When he’s not writing for LP, he’s usually watching and studying something animated or arguing about “the good ole’ days” at the parks.