If you’re an anime fan, and further familiar with the films of Studio Ghibli, you’ll know Grave of the Fireflies is one of the best (but also the most depressing) animated films of all time. The story follows two siblings, 14 year old Seita and his 4 year old sister Setsuko, struggling to survive in the aftermath of the 1945 bombing of Kobe. It’s an affecting film to say the least and even for a so-called cartoon, it really gets the waterworks going as it shows the real cost of war. Well news has surfaced about live-action remake of the film only this new film, like the Japanese reinterpretation of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, will change the story just a tad.
U.K. production company Dresden Pictures plans to bring the film to theaters sometime in 2014. As of right now, the idea is that the story of Seita and Setsuko will be transplanted and set in London; most likely during or following Germany’s blitzkrieg bombardment of the city. The die-hard Ghibli fan in me is none too fond of this and somehow thinks the impact of the story will be lost in this or any live-action translation. The key to the the original is the chemistry/relationship between the siblings and the weight of this remake absolutely falls on Dresden getting that element right.
Fingers crossed for them. No other information (especially whether Takahata will have anything to do with this) is available at this time but we’ll keep you posted on updates…if you’re interested that is. This sound like a good move? Anyone interested in this live-action retelling?