Exciting news indeed for the many fans of Studio Ghibli’s work.
It is going to be called Karigurashi no Arrietty (The Borrower Arrietty) and is an adaptation of Mary Norton’s Carnegie Medal winning novel The Borrowers which was made into a TV ages ago starring Ian Holm and also a 1997 movie featuring John Goodman and Jim Broadbent. The animated adaption will be directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
Unlike the original novel, which tells a story about tiny people who “borrow” things from normal humans during the 1950′s in England, Studio Ghibli have transferred their version to Tokyo Koganei in 2010 (Koganei is where Studio Ghibli is settled) and tell the story of 14-year-old little Arrietty (Chiisana Arriety was the films original title).
Yonebayashi earlier worked as a key animator on previous Ghibli works like Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and Spirited Away and was animation director for Miyazaki Goro’s Gedo Senki.
Karigurashi no Arrietty is to be released summer 2010 and will have a length of about 80 minutes.