Oshii And The Sky Crawlers

Cartoon auteur Mamoru Oshii’s next pic will be futuristic gladiator tale “The Sky Crawlers,” based on the eponymous sci-fi novels by Hiroshi Mori reports Variety.

Scheduled for release in 2008, “The Sky Crawlers” will center on Japanese teens stuck in perpetual adolescence and trained since birth to fight in wars that are really a form of amusement.

Settings will include Ireland and Poland, Oshii plans to use 3-D for air combat and other scenes. Warner Bros. will distribute in Japan.