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Kon and Hosoda to Direct New Madhouse Films

Madhouse has officially announced two new projects based on the works of Japanese novelist Tsutsui Yasutaka to be directed by Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Paranoia Agent) and Mamoru Hosoda (Digimon: The Movie).

The project to be directed by Kon is entitled Paprika and is set for a 2007 release. The book’s protagonist is a genius psychotherapist and researcher who moonlights as a psychic detective named Paprika who has the ability to enter the unconscious minds of strangers.

Hosoda, who was the first director announced for Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle project before it was taken over by Hayao Miyazaki, will direct The Girl Who Conquered Time. The project is set for a 2006 release.

Complete announced crew list:

The Girl Who Conquered Time (Toki wo kakeru shoujo)
Original work: Yasutaka Tsutsui
Screenplay: Satoko Okudera (Angel)
Character design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion, FLCL)
Art director: Nizo Yamamoto (Princess Mononoke, Grave of the Fireflies)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda (Digimon: The Movie)

Paprika
Original work: Yasutaka Tsutsui
Screenplay: Seishi Minakami (Paranoia Agent)*, Satoshi Kon
Character design: Masashi Andou (Paranoia Agent)
Music: Susumu Hirasawa
Art director: Nobutaka Ike (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers)
Director: Satoshi Kon

[Source: Nikkei Net via Nikkei Net]

* – Toon Zone originally reported the name of Satoshi Kon’s co-screenwriter as Kiyosuke Mizukami, which was incorrect.

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