Funimation Films has acquired the theatrical rights to the new Dragon Ball Super movie, entitled “Dragon Ball Super: Broly”. This is the twentieth film in the Dragon Ball franchise and is based on the story, screenplay and character designs of original creator Akira Toriyama.
As a part of its distribution agreement with producer Toei Animation and the film’s international distributor Twentieth Century Fox, Funimation also secured the home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights to the film.
The latest agreement builds on the 22-year long partnership between Toei Animation and Funimation, which has contributed to the global success and pop culture status of the Dragon Ball franchise.
As a part of the theatrical marketing plan for “Dragon Ball Super: Broly,” Funimation has joined as a sponsor of the Dragon Ball North America Tour 2018. The tour, which was announced by Bandai Collectibles earlier this year, will encompass a total of seven cities in the US and Canada and will launch this July at San Diego Comic-Con with a special panel on July 19 that features key contributors to the film as well as celebrity fans.
“The Dragon Ball North America Tour is really just the beginning. We have some big surprises in store for Dragon Ball fans of all ages. With the success of the last two Dragon Ball movies and the tremendous popularity of ‘Dragon Ball Super,’ we know that this theatrical event will deliver all the excitement that Dragon Ball fans have come to expect,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO, and President of Funimation.
“Dragon Ball Super: Broly” follows the events of the hit anime series “Dragon Ball Super,” the first new Dragon Ball storyline from original creator Akira Toriyama in more than 18 years. Since premiering in summer 2015, “Dragon Ball Super” has propelled the popularity of the franchise globally –with both lifelong fans and a new generation of children and teens.
Funimation Films, the theatrical division of Funimation, acquires and distributes both anime and live action movies from prominent international filmmakers that appeal to the interests and passion of all types of fans throughout North America.
“Dragon Ball Super: Broly” is scheduled to release in January 2019. The theatrical dates for the film’s run will be announced later.