EXCLUSIVE: Gkids is expanding its relationship with event-cinema company Fathom Events with a deal that will see five more new titles from the animation distributor hitting Fathom screens in the U.S. in 2018. The two companies previously pacted on the premiere of Studio Ponoc’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower as well as on showing product from Japan’s Studio Ghibli.
The new deal will kick off with Akiyuki Shinbo’s Fireworks, the Toho pic that is getting a nationwide release July 3 in its original Japanese version and a new English version produced by Gkids. The distributor will premiere the film as a special Fathom event, with encore screenings July 5 and July 7. It will get a theatrical release starting July 4.
Fireworks, from producer Genki Kawamura (Your Name), is a sci-fi/fantasy plot centers on Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke, who are goo-goo-eyed over the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-color ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world – until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with Gkids to offer brand new animated content in
cinemas nationwide, starting with Fireworks,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “Fans of all
ages will have the opportunity to experience the best of animation on the big screen throughout
the year in a communal environment.”
Said Gkids CEO Eric Beckman: “Gkids is thrilled to present Fireworks to anime and movie fans across the U.S. this summer, and to expand on our successful relationship with Fathom to bring more of the best animated films to the big screen throughout the year. Our goal is to create a unique and exciting cinema event experience for moviegoers to come and enjoy these amazing films together with friends and family.”