Richard Dreyfuss Scales Devil’s Tower to Announce “Close Encounters” Sequel

Richard Dreyfuss Scales Devil's Tower to Announce "Close Encounters" Sequel

UNIVERSAL CITY — November 10, 2023 at 4:51 am PST — Amblin Entertainment is thrilled to announce that Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss has successfully scaled Wyoming’s iconic Devil’s Tower to mark the beginning of a new chapter in one of cinema’s most beloved stories. This ascent celebrates the highly anticipated sequel to Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” directed by Spielberg himself.

Climbing Devil’s Tower

In a tribute to his character Roy Neary’s climactic climb in the original film, Dreyfuss’s ascent symbolizes the return to the wonder and discovery that “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” instilled in audiences worldwide. This promotion follows the amicable resolution of the SAG-AFTRA strike, which once again permits actors to engage in promotional activities for their projects.

“The spirit of ‘Close Encounters’ has always been about transcending the ordinary and touching the extraordinary,” said Steven Spielberg, the legendary filmmaker behind both the original and its sequel. “Richard’s ascent is not just a celebration of the film’s legacy but also a message of adventure, hope, and unity that is as relevant today as it was when the first film was released.”

Dreyfuss’s expedition to the summit of Devil’s Tower was captured by a film crew, with the footage to be included in a special promotional featurette. The event will also be supported by a social media campaign using the hashtag #TheClimbContinues, allowing fans to witness the daring feat.

Following the SAG-AFTRA Strike

The announcement coincides with the ending of the recent SAG-AFTRA strike, which had temporarily halted many promotional activities within the industry. With the strike resolved, actors and production companies are once again joining forces to bring attention to their collaborative efforts.

“Revisiting the role of Roy Neary and climbing Devil’s Tower is a moment I’ve been looking forward to,” said Richard Dreyfuss. “It’s an honor to be part of something that has deeply resonated with so many and to announce it at a time when our community has come together to move forward.”

“Close Encounters” Sequel

The sequel, which remains shrouded in mystery, promises to deliver the same awe-inspiring storytelling that made “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” a cornerstone of science fiction. Spielberg’s vision for the continuation of this story is said to explore themes of exploration, human connection, and the endless possibilities that lie within and beyond our world.

“We’re proud to begin the promotional journey for the ‘Close Encounters’ sequel with such a symbolic and historic event,” said Holly Bario, President of Production at Amblin. “It’s a testament to our dedication to storytelling and the enduring impact of this cinematic universe that Steven Spielberg has created.”

The sequel to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” is slated for release on Q2 2024, and will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures. Fans are encouraged to follow Amblin Entertainment’s official channels for exclusive updates and behind-the-scenes content.

For more information on the film and Richard Dreyfuss’s climb, visit Los Angeles Times.

About Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss is an esteemed American actor known for his compelling performances in classic films such as “Jaws,” “Stand by Me,” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” for which he received widespread acclaim. His career spans over five decades, showcasing his versatility and depth as an actor, earning him an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “The Goodbye Girl” in 1977. Dreyfuss remains active in the film industry and is also recognized for his work as an advocate for mental health awareness and political activism.

About Amblin Entertainment

Amblin Entertainment is a film and television production company founded by director and producer Steven Spielberg. With a legacy of storytelling that spans decades, Amblin continues to create memorable and impactful narratives that captivate audiences around the globe.