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Toho Sets Bigger ‘Godzilla’ For July Release

Japanese studio Toho is determined that its upcoming Godzilla film is bigger than the next Hollywood remake of its iconic monster property.

Toho said that “Godzilla Resurgence” (aka “Shin Godzilla”) will be 118.5 meters (389 feet) tall, compared to just 108 meters (354 feet) for the 2014 Hollywood “Godzilla” directed by Gareth Edwards.

“Shin Godzilla” will bow in Japanese theaters on July 29, 2016, Toho revealed on Thursday.

Its new ‘announcement trailer’ with the tagline “Japan versus Godzilla” bowed as well. It show panicked Tokyo dwellers running from the monster.  A new poster, featuring the design of the title beast, is reminiscent of the Godzilla from Ishiro Honda’s original 1954 film.

Veteran animation director Mahiro Maeda is credited as the image designer and sculptor Takayuki Takeya as the character designer. The film’s co-director, Hideaki Anno also participated in the design. The other co-director, Shinji Higuchi, maker of this year’s “Attack on Titan” duology, is in charge of the film’s special effects.

Toho’s first “Godzilla” film in twelve years, since Ryuhei Kitamura’s “Godzilla: Finals Wars,” is also the 29th in a series that begin in 1954.

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