‘The Breakfast Club’ Returning To Theaters In March For Anniversary

It’s official — The Breakfast Club is coming back to theaters in March.

Variety reported on Friday that a restored version of the classic John Hughes film will be shown in hundreds of theaters throughout the United States in March. According to the report, the highly-anticipated return of The Breakfast Club is to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the film’s original release.

It will be shown in 430 U.S. theaters for two nights — March 26 and 31. Variety reports that the showtime for each date will be 7:30 p.m. (local time).

In addition to the actual film, The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary screenings will also showcase an impressive bonus feature — interviews with several of the cast members (Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, and John Kapelos).

The featurette will also include interviews with such filmmakers as Diablo Cody (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Juno), Amy Heckerling (writer and director of Clueless), and Heathers director Michael Lehmann.

It did not take The Breakfast Club very long to engrave itself in cinematic history after its in February 1985. With a budget of $1 million, the movie was a huge hit during its opening weekend, reportedly grossing more than $5 million at the box office. Box Office Mojo reports that the film made over $45 million in domestic U.S. sales alone.

Written and directed by the legendary John Hughes, The Breakfast Club also helped to make stars of each of the actors involved, especially the ones who played the troubled students forced to spend a Saturday together.

In addition to the actors, The Breakfast Club also skyrocketed the career of relatively unknown Scottish band Simple Minds by turning their song “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” into the movie’s anthem.

John Hughes discussed his reasons for using that song in a 1997 interview. Known for being a huge music fan himself throughout his life, the Sixteen Candles director explained how he made sure that the song would be remembered by his viewers.

“I played the Simple Minds song three times, with three mixes — the demo, an instrumental and a vocal mix at the end. You had a raw sound on the demo, then it went into a finished instrumental track and then we played it at the end. People get used to music by hearing it repetitively. You play it three times, so by the end of the movie they will get it. And it was a hit, which was really fun for me — to make a hit of a band, that I gave a platform to a band that didn’t have one before.”

Nearly 30 years later, it is very difficult for the average movie fan to hear “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” and not think about The Breakfast Club and vice versa.

Even though John Hughes has been dead for nearly six years, he is still remembered through so many of the movies that he wrote, produced, and/or directed throughout his lengthy career, including Sixteen Candles, Home Alone, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Uncle Buck and The Breakfast Club.

The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary is being presented by Fathom Events, BY Experience and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Tickets for the event will reportedly go on sale Friday through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network.

More than two weeks before the movie is released back in the theaters, The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Edition will be released on DVD and Blu-ray, making its debut in stores and online on March 10.

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