Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty) and based on the British children’s novel by Joan G. Robinson. The deal was negotiated by Eric Beckman from GKIDS and Geoffrey Wexler from Studio Ghibli, with GKIDS taking all theatrical, non-theatrical, home video and television rights in North America. An English language version is being produced by Studio Ghibli and Geoffrey Wexler. The film is slated for a spring 2015 theatrical release and awards submissions.
GKIDS and Studio Ghibli previously partnered on the animated The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, one of the best reviewed films of 2014, the 2014 documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, and the 2013 animated From Up on Poppy Hill. GKIDS also handles North American theatrical distribution for the Studio Ghibli library of films.
When Marnie Was There tells the story of a troubled young girl, Anna, who finds herself drawn to the abandoned Marsh House and a mysterious girl Marnie who appears in the window. Here is the Japanese trailer: