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Studio Ghibli adapts Earthsea. [Dec. 21st, 2005|09:36 pm]
Elves of LotR and The Silmarillion


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Studio Ghibli (Howl's Moving Castle) has officially announced that it's next project will be Gedo Senki ("Gedo War History"), an adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin's novel "A Wizard of Earthsea," the first book of the award-winning Earthsea cycle which includes "The Tombs of Atuan," "The Farthest Shore" and "Tehanu" reports Coming Soon.

"Wizard of Earthsea" centers on Ged, who was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea. He was once called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. It's the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.

The film is directed by Hayao Miyazaki's son, Goro, and is scheduled for release July, 2006 in Japan.

Ursula K LeGuin was very unhappy with the SciFi Channel version of her first two books. Obviously everyone was unhappy with it because it was a SciFi Channel production, and the only thing they’ve gotten right so far is the new EarthseaBattlestar Galactica. But LeGuin was really upset that the network changed the races of her characters, changing the lead character from a reddish-brown guy to a white kid. Read her rant about it here.


Now there’s a new chance for it to be done right – Studio Ghibli, the amazing animation studio behind Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, will be adapting Wizard of Earthsea, the first book in the series, into Gedo Senki – Gedo War History. Ged is the name of the lead character in the series who does all sorts of fantasy novel stuff. Beats me what that actually means.

Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro will be directing. I imagine that his four arms make him quite the animator.

But will the problems LeGuin had with the SciFi Channel be repeated here? A look at the poster for the July 2006 release indicates that Ged is… a white boy again?


From: ladyrhiannon873
2006-08-07 03:42 pm (UTC)
I actually watched that when it aired and I felt that it was kind of ripping off Harry Potter with the whole wizardry school thing. And some of the roles were not very well cast.
I am a huge fan of Miyazaki and I hope that they do a better job of adapting the story than the SciFi Channel did if they are basing this new movie on her books.
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[User Picture]From: jadeelf
2006-08-07 05:07 pm (UTC)
So far from what I heard it is based on the books.
Only time will tell.
In any case seeing Studio Ghibli's take on this story should be interesting. :)

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