In 2014, Studio Ghibli temporarily halted film production following co-founder Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement, but that hasn’t stopped the studio from staying active in other ways, such as earlier this year when they co-produced Michaël Dudok de Wit’s “The Red Turtle.” Now, Variety reports that Amazon Studios has just picked up the American rights for another Studio Ghibli production: “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter,” a kids TV series directed by Gorō Miyazaki. The American dub of the series will benarrated by actress Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as Agent Dana Scully on “The X-Files.”
Based on Astrid Lindgren’s children’s fantasy book by the same name, the 26-episode series follows the adventures of a young girl who grows up in an enchanted woodland as the child of a band of thieves. It originally ran from 2014 through 2015 on NHK BS Premium in Japan. This is not the first adaptation of “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter”; it follows the 1984 Swedish film directed by Tage Danielsson and the 1994 German musical.
Gorō Miyazaki has previously directed two films for Studio Ghibli, “Tales from Earthsea,” based on Ursula K. Le Guin’s fantasy series, and “From Up on a Poppy Hill,” about the life of a high school girl living in a boarding house in 1963 Yoahama, Japan.
“Ronia the Robber’s Daughter” will premiere sometimes later this year on Amazon Prime.