Legendary animation company Studio Ghibli will be making its foray into television for the first time with an adaptation of a Swedish children’s fantasy book. Goro Miyazaki, the son of recently retired director and Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki, is set to direct Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, which is also his first time to helm an anime TV series.
The series will be based on a book written by Astrid Lindgren, who became famous in the world of children’s literature with her series Pippi Longstockings. It was published in 1981 and has already been adapted as a movie, musical and on the stage. It’s about a young girl, the daughter of a bandit leader, who grew up living in a castle in a forest. It has fantastical elements, as well as a Robinhood-type of folklore. More than just a coming of age tale, Miyazaki says it’s also a story about “the love and growth between a parent and child, and a story about the bonds between friends.” He said he wants to create something that can be appreciated by both children and adults, as most Studio Ghibli creations are.
Miyazaki has previously directed Tales from the Earthsea and From Up on Poppy Hill. This project will be a co-production with Polygon Productions, which has done work on Tron: Uprising and The Clone Wars. It is set to air this fall in Japan.
[ via The Escapist ]