Gene Wilder's 'Willy Wonka,' 'Blazing Saddles' Returning to Theaters

Beloved films staring late actor will play in 55 AMC locations this weekend

Gene Wilder's 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' and 'Blazing Saddles' will return to AMC movie theaters this weekend. Credit: ZumaPress

Two of Gene Wilder's most beloved movies, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Blazing Saddles, will return to AMC movie theaters this weekend in honor of the late actor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The two films will be screened at 55 AMC locations across the U.S. on September 3rd and 4th. Tickets will be available on the AMC website and both movies will cost $5.

The western parody Blazing Saddles was one of three films Wilder made with director Mel Brooks. The director recently told Rolling Stone that Wilder was cast last minute after star Gig Young got sick the first day of shooting. Brooks and Wilder first worked together on the 1967 comedy, The Producers and they also co-wrote Young Frankenstein, which opened in 1974 just 10 months after Blazing Saddles.

While all three films encapsulated Wilder's knack for comic mania, the actor's turn as the titular candy magnate in Willy Wonka has become one of his most enduring roles. Despite a lukewarm showing at the box office upon its initial release in 1971, the big-screen adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel garnered a cult following in the Eighties and is now considered one of the greatest family films of all time.

Wilder died Monday due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.