It looks like the future is pointed toward GKIDS for Hosoda fans.
Yesterday, Variety reported that GKIDS licensed the rights to Mirai no Mirai (Mirai of the Future). The company, who also handled the theatrical runs for Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast, picked up the United States rights to the flick.
The film was also licensed in international markets:
- Canada: MK2 Mile End
- United Kingdom: Anime Limited
- Australia: Madman Entertainment
- New Zealand: Madman Entertainment
Fifty-seven countries will screen the film. The feature is slated to open in Japan on July 20.
Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) is directing the project at Studio Chizu. Hosoda is also credited with the scripts and original story. Other staffers include:
- Animation Director: Hiroyuki Aoyama
- Animation Director: Ayako Hata
- Art Director: Yohei Takamatsu
- Art Director: Takashi Omori
- Producer: Yuichiro Saito
All five staffers previously worked with Hosoda on other films.
According to Hosoda, he wrote the screenplay on his own, though he listened to “opinions and the experiences of the producers.”
Mirai in the Future revolves around a typical family living a typical life in a small house in a little-known corner of a non-specific city. This small family of three has a four-year-old boy named Kun-chan, who is admittedly pretty spoiled.
Kun-chan’s life is forever changed when a little sister named Mirai enters the picture. With the new baby, Kun-chan feels as if his new sister stole his parents’ affection from him. He’s quickly overwhelmed by the numerous experiences he goes through for the very first time.
As if a new family member wasn’t enough, Kun-chan encounters a second Mirai, an older version of his sister who hails from the future.
Mirai was first shown off in May at the Cannes Film Festival. Charades, a new international sales group headed by former Wild Bunch employee Carole Baraton, former StudioCanal member Pierre Mazars, and former Gaumont head of sales Yohann Comte, repped the film at the festival.
Comte handled sales for The Boy and the Beast while he was at Gaumont.