Trade Breaks: Fireflies, Brothers, Nagle

“Taro Hyugaji will direct the live action version of Isao Takahata’s 1988 anime “Grave of the Fireflies.” Set at the end of World War II in Japan, the poignant tale follows the relationship between two orphaned children forced to survive amidst widespread famine and the callous indifference of their countrymen. Both eventually die from malnutrition, and the graphic depiction of suffering and death is uniquely harrowing in the annals of anime…” (full details)

“Disney has acquired “Brothers,” a pitch for a Tim Allen comedy vehicle that Allen will write with Matt Carroll (“Random Acts of Cruelty”). Story concerns a racially mixed pair of adopted brothers who are framed for a crime and forced to team up. Allen just committed to playing the title character in indie comedy “The Six Wives of Henry Lefay”…” (full details)

“New Line Cinema has acquired New York State of Mind, a Margaret Nagle-scripted film that will be produced by Arnold and Anne Kopelson. The producers describe the script as a fantastical love story, one that will be filmed entirely in New York…” (full details)