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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 2017

Sony Pictures has released a cryptic new teaser video that is in some way related to the 1977 Steven Spielberg UFO classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Titled simply “This Means Something” – a reference to words spoken in the movie by Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) – the video is mostly air traffic control graphics overlaid with audio of an encounter with a UFO. Interspersed amongst this are flashes of screen grabs from the 1977 film, including the iconic child at the door scene, the vehicle breaking down at the train line scene, and the alien reveal at the end of the movie:

Close encounter with a child

Close Encounters of the Third Kind of course is well known to Grailers as one of the all-time great UFO-related movies – named after a designation by UFO investigator J. Allen Hynek, and featuring a character modeled closely on our good friend, the legendary Jacques Vallee.

What does the teaser mean? Is a sequel to the ground-breaking film in the works, or even a reboot? Or is it just an upcoming re-release to celebrate the film’s 40th birthday? The latter seems most likely, but there has already been a fantastic Blu-Ray release of CEIII – in 2007, on the 30th anniversary, so would there be any point to another release?

For now, the teaser video just directs viewers to a website,, which at the moment is simply a place where you can enter your email address for “Updates on UFO sightings”.

Update: The trailer is said to be promotion for a theatrical re-release in the first week of September to celebrate the 40th anniversary.

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