The British production company Dresden Pictures has acquired the rights to make a live-action adaptation of Akiyuki Nosaka’s semi-autobiographic novel Grave of Fireflies. The story follows a brother and sister, as they struggle to survive in the waning months of World War II. Liam Garvo and James Heath will be producing the film, and shooting is expected to start in 2014.
The most famous adaptation of Grave of Fireflies would be the Studio Ghibli animation from 1988, directed by Isao Takahata. However, a live-action adaptation has been done before by Toya Sato in 2005, to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. Dresden Pictures are the first overseas company to get the rights to the story.