"We are excited to be partnering with Toei Animation and Twentieth Century Fox on the theatrical release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly", said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and President of Funimation in a statement.
The theatrical release from Fathom Events will be announced at a future time. "The Dragon Ball North America Tour is really just the beginning". 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.
Broly is anticipated to be released in North America in January 2019 after opening December 14th in Japan. The tour will visit seven cities in the USA and Canada, with San Diego being the first.
"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. The character has only made one other anime appearance to date, in the following year's Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming (not counting his clone in Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly), leading the fan community to question his place in the canon. The last anime Dragon Ball was Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection "F", which grossed $8 million in North America and became the first independent film to make the top 10 list of highest grossing anime films domestically.
Funimation Films, the theatrical division of Funimation, acquires and distributes both anime and live action movies from prominent global filmmakers that appeal to the interests and passion of all types of fans throughout North America.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly will also explore the origins of the Saiyan race, but most of the story details are still under wraps.