The article states that Disney and Dreamworks
are currently competing for spirited away. "A new generation of blockbuster anime imports has captured the imagination of American studios, prompting speculation that what has worked so well in Tokyo might finally metamorphose into Hollywood gold. Despite financial flops like "Princess Mononoke
," optimism for anime is sky high. Two new films, "Metropolis
" and "Spirited Away," are already sparking great expectations."
"Disney and Dreamworks
, in fact, have locked horns over the rights to "Spirited Away," Japan's all-time No. 1 box-office champ. The film, with a modest budget of $19.2 million, steamrolled even "Titanic" at the Japanese box office, earning $205 million. Some industry insiders have speculated that the film could do another $250 million in the States."
The article also talks about the January 25th release of Metropolis
, and quotes James Cameron
describing the movie with "It has beauty, power, mystery and, above all, heart".