Studio Ghibli developing new TV series, Ronia

News Louisa Mellor
3 Feb 2014 - 06:49

The Japanese animation studio is developing a new television series, to be directed by Goro Miyazaki...

Arriving on Japanese television this autumn will be a Studio Ghibli adaptation of Swedish children's book Ronia, The Robber's Daughter, directed by From Up On Poppy Hill and Tales From Earthsea's Goro Miyazaki and written by Reservoir Chronicle's Hiroyuki Kawsaki.

The adventure tale, which tells the Romeo and Juliet-ish story of a growing friendship between the offspring of two warring families in medieval Scandinavia, was written by Pippi Longstocking creator Astrid Lindgren and published in 1981. A successful live-action fantasy film adaptation, Ronja Rovadottar, was made by Swedish director Tage Danielsson in 1984 from a screenplay by Lindgren, but this will be the story's first television outing.

Ronia will be a Ghibli/Polygon animation co-production. To whet our appetites, here's the first image released by the studio:

Read more about Studio Ghibli on Den of Geek, here.

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