UPDATE: Ironically, hours after this article was posted, New World Cinemas' Facebook updated with this message to Godzilla fans:
"To all GODZILLA FANS! We are working hard to bring GODZILLA to every State! Patience my Friends... she is coming soon!"
Another member on their facebook page asked when we'll know more information. New World Cinemas replied,
"Soon we are doing all the strategy works right now"
So is it confirmed that Godzilla Resurgence is getting a theatrical release in some capacity? Well, no. The message is a little vague, so lets not allow that to spiral out of control either. But it's good to know New World Cinemas is implying a strategy for what appears to be a limited theatrical engagement in, "every state." More as it comes.
Since we reported on Godzilla Resurgence's American release (or lack thereof) the news has been passed around with both depression and derision. Some are let down by the idea they won't see it theatrically. Others deride our report for insufficient sources. This article is for all parties. The fact is, at the time of this writing, no one really knows if Godzilla Resurgence will be released theatrically or not. Nothing is set in stone. Nothing is iron clad.
But how did we reach the assumption that Godzilla Resurgence might not get a theatrical release in the first place? Lets explain: Our original article cites Gormaru Island who based their findings off of the distributor listing on IMDB.com. (You can read Gormaru Island's original post, now corrected, here.)
The American home video distributor for Godzilla Resurgence, New World Cinemas (no relation to the distributor of Godzilla 1985), is currently listing the movie for release on DVD. You can see the listing here.
There's obviously a few issues with this. One is the questionable sourcing from IMDB due to how accessible the site is to updates. However, even if the information was updated by the distributor and is true, there is nothing to suggest other forms of release won't be added at a later date. (Such as theatrical or Blu-ray.)
Meanwhile, on New World Cinemas Facebook Page (currently flaunting a picture with the caption, "GODZILLA coming Soon..."), the company seems to indicate interest in booking theatrical screenings as observed in the comments section. Take a look below:
So no, it's not “confirmed” that the movie will not be released theatrically, merely that there will be a home video release some time in the future by New World Cinemas. Things may change as time goes by. After all, the movie has yet to be released in Japanese theaters. It's unlikely North America would have all the details ironed out just yet.
Additionally, New World Cinemas has made no official announcement about the film outside of the fact that they have the distribution rights to it. It might be best for all of us to wait for a word from the horse's mouth instead of trying to piece together what crumbs of information could mean.
Ultimately, if fans want Godzilla Resurgence in theaters, even in a limited capacity, (which is most likely) they need to politely start emailing and contacting New World Cinemas. Let them know your desire to see this movie in a theatrical setting and make sure we're all civil about it.
As for our previous report inciting confusion and contempt, we certainly do not blame our friends at Gormaru Island as they continue to be a first rate source for Godzilla related news. We don't even blame IMDB, despite some historically questionable information. It was our article that spiraled out of control—Apologies. We hope the correct information will be spread much further.
In the meantime, contact New World Cinemas and lets make sure Godzilla Resurgence gets a deserving release. You can contact them through the following outlets:
Stay tuned for more on Godzilla Resurgence.
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