After grossing US$58.18 million in 38 days since its July 29 release, Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s Shin Godzilla a.k.a. Godzilla Resurgence will premiere in the US. The Japanese film has already passed Anno’s Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo in terms of ticket sales and earnings.
Funimation Films acquired the film during the San Diego Comic-Con but has kept mum regarding its distribution, but not anymore. Over the weekend, they announced that the film will release in the United States on October 11th.
According to Anime News Network, the release will be limited to only 400 theaters across the country. Reception to the film will also be uncertain since it has been a long time since a Japanese Godzilla was shown to a western audience.
Back in 2014 the franchise got a reboot starring Ken Watanabe among others. The question will be whether Japanese showmanship will beat Hollywood production value when Shin Godzilla arrives in the US.
Will Shin Godzilla Beat Godzilla In The Theaters?
Directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi have quite the credentials under their belt, as far as those familiar with Japanese films are concerned. Anno is the creator of the highly acclaimed anime Evangelion, while Higuchi is behind the live-action Attack on Titan movies.
Funimation Films plans to start selling tickets on their website starting September 9th. If you are truly a fan of the franchise especially the classic films, it would be a good idea to get your hands on those tickets.
According to Heroic Hollywood, this is not, by far, the only Godzilla film to hit theaters in the near future. Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla 2 is set to premiere on March 22, 2016 followed by Godzilla vs King Kong in 2020.
Shin Godzilla is the 31st film in the franchise which revolves around a giant monster or “kaiju” (Japanese for giant beast). The films also served as a template for other giant monster movies most such as Legendary’s Pacific Rim.
Watch the trailer below.