Mel Brooks to beam live tribute to Gene Wilder to 500 theaters

LOS ANGELES  — Legendary comic filmmaker Mel Brooks will beam a live tribute to legendary comic actor Gene Wilder to hundreds of theaters where their legendary collaboration, Young Frankenstein, will be screened in a special showing next month.

The 1974 spoof classic will come alive again Oct. 5 in 500 theaters around the country. Writer/director Brooks, 90, will start off the festivities with a live introduction and tribute to his friend and frequent collaborator, who died last month at 83.

The intro will be broadcast from the 20th Century Fox lot to the theaters where the movie will play, according to an announcement Tuesday from Fathom Events.

In addition to touring the studio lot where much of the movie was filmed, Brooks is expected reminisce about Wilder, who died from complications from Alzheimer's disease.

 

Young Frankenstein is one of Wilder's most fondly remembered films. A hilarious send-up of classic horror films, it was shot in black-and-white and was a critical and box-office hit.

The announcement comes on the heels of AMC Theaters bringing other Wilder favorites, Blazing Saddles and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, back to 55 of its theaters this past weekend.

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