According to Screen Daily, a live-action remake of Studio Ghibli's heartrending WWII drama Grave of the Fireflies (compare prices) is being set up to be filmed courtesy of a U.K.-based production company. Dresden Pictures, with Liam Garvo and James Heath, are preparing to shoot the film in 2014.
What's interesting is how this isn't the first time Fireflies has been made into a live-action production. It's been done twice already -- once for NTV in 2005, and another 2008 version was commissioned by TV Tokyo.
The new film is likely to be a re-adaptation of the original 1967 novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, which also served as the basis for the 1988 animated film. Ghibli's Fireflies was released as a double feature with another production from that studio, the widely-beloved My Neighbor Totoro, but Fireflies was far outshadowed by Totoro on its initial release. It's since acquired a classic reputation, however, and has most recently been licensed for the U.S. on video by Sentai Filmworks.
U.S. distributor Gkids has also entered into a licensing agreement with Toho to show Ghibli's Fireflies in American theaters, as part of the film's 25th anniversary.
Image: Grave of the Fireflies, courtesy Pricegrabber.