Last night in a surprise announcement to fans at San Diego Comic Con 2016, Funimation Films announced its acquisition of the live action film Godzilla: Resurgence (a.k.a. Shin Godzilla) from Toho Company, Ltd. The agreement includes theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights for the upcoming Japanese live-action feature film and covers all of the Americas (North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean). Funimation is currently planning to release Godzilla: Resurgence in theaters in late 2016. Here's what Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation, had to say in his statement.
"Funimation is extremely pleased to be working with Toho to bring Godzilla: Resurgence to audiences across the Americas. Godzilla became a science fiction icon from the moment Toho brought it to the big screen in 1954. We're honored to be a part of its rich history."
Godzilla: Resurgence is a Japanese tokusatsu kaiju film - a live action science fiction monster movie featuring special effects. It is the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho and the 31st in the franchise. The film is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi. Both directors performed double duties as writer and visual effects director respectively. Higuchi most recently directed the live action film adaption of Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) which was released in 2015. Here's what Mike DuBoise, EVP and COO of Funimation had to say in his statement.
"Godzilla: Resurgence represents a brand new chapter in the 62-year history of this iconic science fiction monster. We're excited to bring audiences this new vision of Godzilla from Toho as reimagined by directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi."
Godzilla: Resurgence stars Hiroki Hasegawa and Satomi Ishihara - both alums of the Attack on Titan movie - and Yutaka Takenouchi. Toho last released Godzilla: Final Wars back in 2004, and 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.
Funimation Films, the theatrical division of Funimation Entertainment, acquires both anime and live action movies from prominent international filmmakers that appeal to the interests and passion of all types of fans and distributes them throughout North America. The division was launched in December 2014 following the box office success of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods that same year. Funimation Films released Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' a year later and which became #9 highest-grossing anime movie in North America. Funimation Entertainment is a subsidiary of Group 1200 Media, a fully integrated, next-generation, independent entertainment studio based in Dallas. For more information on Funimation Films, visit funimationfilms.com.
Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-nine Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number one distributor of motion pictures in Japan (both domestic and foreign) for eight consecutive years since 2003. The company is also, throughout Japan, the leading producer of theatrical works and one of the largest owners of office buildings and theaters.