Akiyuki Nosaka’s semi-autobiographical novel Graveyard of the Fireflies, which was adapted by director Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli into the classic anime feature, is set to be made as a live-action film by Tokyo-based Pal Entertainment. Taro Hyugaji, who previously directed Portrait Of The Wind (2005), is set to direct.
The film’s story follows a young brother and sister who are trying to survive on their own following the firebombing of Kobe City. Studio Ghibli’s adaptation is considered by many anime fans to be exceptionally well done and heartbreaking.
Originally set to be directed by Kazuo Kuroki, pre-production on the live-action adaptation was suspended when Kuroki died of stroke last April.