Director Gareth Edwards' reboot of Godzilla in 2014 did a lot to revitalize mainstream U.S. audiences' interest in the classic Kaiju franchise. Nevertheless, many old-school fans in both the West and Japan found themselves missing the traditional touch found in the classics produced over the past 62 years by original Godzilla creators Toho Pictures.
In response, Toho produced the new feature Godzilla: Resurgence, created in the original style with director Hideaki Anno directing. The film was picked up for U.S. distribution by Funimation, and now we know when they plan to roll the release out to theaters.
Resurgence (originally titled "Shin Godzilla" in Japan) will hit U.S. theatrical venues on October 11th with showings running until October 18th. Over 440 theaters have been booked to show the feature, and will begin ticket pre-orders starting September 9th. Funimation has also set a pair of premiere events for Los Angeles and New York on October 3rd and 5th respectively. Notably, the New York premiere will take place just prior to the start of New York Comic-Con.
Said Funimation CEO Gen Fukunaga to CBC:
We are thrilled to bring ‘Shin Godzilla’ to theaters across North America this October. Toho established Godzilla as one of the most iconic monsters in science fiction history and we’re honored to now be a part of that history with the theatrical release of this new movie. Fans will not want to miss this limited theatrical event.
Resurgence features a version of the King of the Monsters who first appears in present day Tokyo and undergoes multiple evolutionary transformations in its physical appearance over the course of the film. Along with the expected Kaiju action, the film's plot concerns a web of political, military and industrial intrigue surrounding a U.S. and UN-backed push to use nuclear weapons against Godzilla - and an interim Japanese government's resistance to seeing such weapons used in their nation again. This leads to a crisis of conscience for a Japanese-born international envoy (Satomi Ishihara).
Funimation has found success with such limited theatrical engagements before, as it used the model to successfully open the two most recent Dragon Ball Z movies in U.S. theaters for the first time. The release is not associated with the sequel to the U.S. Godzilla, which is still in development as part of a shared universe that will include Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla vs. Kong.
Godzilla: Resurgence opens in U.S. theaters October 11th, 2016.