GKIDS announced it has acquired North American theatrical, home video and EST rights to the capstone finale film EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME. The highly anticipated fourth and final instalment of the new theatrical ‘Rebuild’ editions of the EVANGELION franchise was released in Japanese theatres in 2021. GKIDS plans to release the anticipated film in theatres in late 2022, marking the first time EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME will be available in theatres in North America since its domestic release.
The film was a critical and box office success, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year with ¥10.28 billion ($85 million) in local box office.
“GKIDS is honoured to represent the epic conclusion of a story over 25 years in the making. Like with so many others, EVANGELION was critical in expanding my idea of what animation could be, and I look forward to joining other fans in theatres to celebrate the end of the saga with EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME,” said GKIDS president David Jesteadt.
From legendary director Hideaki Anno, EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME is the fourth and final instalment of the REBUILD OF EVANGELION films, bringing an epic conclusion to the story of Shinji and his fellow Eva pilots, with the stunning visuals and thought-provoking storytelling that has made EVANGELION a global pop culture phenomenon
Misato and her anti-NERV group Wille arrive at Paris, a city now red from core-ization. Crew from the flagship Wunder land on a containment tower. They only have 720 seconds to restore the city. When a horde of NERV Evas appear, Mari’s improved Eva Unit 8 must intercept. Meanwhile, Shinji, Asuka, and Rei (provisional name) wander about Japan.
Created by Hideaki Anno, the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION franchise is considered one of the most influential animated sagas of all time. Since the 1995 premiere of the original television series, the story of teenager Shinji Ikari has remained one of the most iconic titles in animation history, and a global pop culture phenomenon.
Following the conclusion of the beloved 1995 television show, the legendary project received new life as the EVANGELION movie series. The theatrical film series began with EVANGELION:1.11 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE (2007), followed by EVANGELION:2.22 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE (2009), EVANGELION:3.33 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO (2012), and culminating in the finale EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME.