Last week, it was confirmed that Toho's new Godzilla movie entitled Shin Godzilla, a.k.a. Godzilla: Resurgence, will get a U.S. release through Funimation Films. The film will have a limited theatrical engagement from October 11 - 18, screening in more than 440 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Funimation Films has debuted a new trailer for Shin Godzilla, while fans can buy tickets starting today.
Tickets for Shin Godzilla will be available for pre-purchase on FunimationFilms.com starting today, September 9. Fans have been clamoring for news of the film's theatrical dates ever since Funimation Films made its surprise acquisition announcement in July at San Diego Comic Con 2016. This film marks the first Godzilla movie from Toho since 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars.
Shin Godzilla is the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho and represents a brand new chapter in the 62-year history of this celebrated movie monster. The film stars Hiroki Hasegawa and Satomi Ishihara - both also from the Attack on Titan live action movies - as well as Yutaka Takenouchi. The film is co-directed by Hideaki Anno (creator of Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi, director of Toho's 2015 Attack on Titan live action movies.
Shin Godzilla has been a big hit in Japan since its opening on July 29, 2016, which garnered a box office of ¥ 845,675,500 ($8.2 million) and total audience of 564,332 during its first three days at the Japanese box office. To date in Japan, the movie has grossed ¥ 5,302,014,700 ($51.6 million) at the box office and 3,637,748 in total attendance. In advance of the movie's opening, Funimation will be hosting two premieres of Shin Godzilla - on October 3 in Los Angeles and on October 5 in New York before opening day of New York Comic Con 2016. Additional details on these two events to be announced.
Toho licensed the rights to Godzilla to Warner Bros. for director Gareth Edwards' remake, which earned $525 million worldwide, $26 million of which came from Japanese markets. Given the renewed interest in the Godzilla franchise, Toho decided to produce another Godzilla project, and Godzilla: Resurgence was born. Take a look at the new trailer for Shin Godzilla before it hits U.S. theaters next month.