In celebration of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the theatrical debut of Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., Toho International has partnered with Fathom Events to bring the classic Japanese kaiju movie to U.S. theaters for the first time ever. Set as a one-day event, Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. will be arriving on the big screen in over 600 theaters across the U.S. on March 22, with tickets now available to purchase from Fathom Events.
“It’s been 20 years since Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. debuted and we’re looking forward to celebrating this seminal moment for the franchise in partnership with Fathom Events,” General Manager of Toho International Kristin Parcell said in a statement. “Fans will have the opportunity to enjoy this iconic film on the big screen for the first time in the U.S. Rounding out the experience, viewers will also have the opportunity to indulge their fandom beyond the screen with our robust Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. merchandise line-up.”
In the addition to subtitles, the one-day theatrical release will also include bonus content such as a special showing of Godzilla vs. Gigan Rex, a short film that debuted at the 2022 Japan Godzilla Festival as a sequel to G vs. G (2019).
The 2003 film was directed by Masaaki Tezuka from a screenplay he co-wrote with Masahiro Yokotani. It starred Noboru Kaneko, Miho Yoshioka, Mitsuki Koga, Masami Nagasawa, Chihiro Otsuka, and more.
“In Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., Mothra’s twin fairies appear with a warning to Japan that Kiryu (aka Mechagodzilla) must be put to rest at the bottom of the ocean or face the wrath of Mothra,” reads the synopsis. “When Godzilla returns once again, will humanity heed the warning or will Kiryu be forced to fight against two monsters?”
Toho is currently developing their next Godzilla movie, which will debut later this year on November 3. Additionally, Legendary is filming the upcoming sequel to the Godzilla vs. Kong film in Australia, which is once again being directed by Adam Wingard. The untitled project is being led by Dan Stevens, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Kaylee Hottle, and more. The film is slated to arrive in theaters on March 15, 2024.
Meanwhile, Apple TV+ and Legendary is also developing a live-action series adaptation of Godzilla and the Titans, which will also be set within the world of Legendary’s MonsterVerse. The first two episodes will be directed by WandaVision director Matt Shakman, who will also serve as an executive producer. It will star Wyatt Russell, Kurt Russell, Kiersey Clemons, and more.