News Update / 1999
                     Miramax has signed Neil Gaiman, the
                     creator/writer of the award-winning monthly cult
                    DC Comics series Sandman, to write an
                     English-language dubbed version of PRINCESS
                     MONONOKE. The highest-grossing film in
                     Japanese history, the animated PRINCESS
                     MONONOKE wil be distributed in the US next
                     year by Miramax Films.

                     Based loosely on Japanese Fooklore,
                     PRINCESS MONONOKE is the animated tale of
                     the war between the encroaching civilization of
                     man and the beast gods of the forest, which
                     threatens to unbalance the forces of nature.

                     "I couldn't be more excited to write this script,"
                     said Gaiman. "My goal is to remain faithful to the
                     story while providing a translation that a
                     non-Japanese audience will be able to follow. To
                     that end, I've been researching Japanese

                     Directed by Japan's leading animator, the
                     acclaimed Hayao Miyazaki, whose Studio Ghibli
                     has created a string of critically acclaimed,
                     award-winning animated films, PRINCESS
                     MONONOKE has been eagerly anticipated
                     outside of Japan. The only film to break $150
                     million (US) at the Japanese box office,
                     PRINCESS MONONOKE even topped "E.T." and
                     Jurassic Park," the only other films to break $100
                     million (US) in that country.

                     Gaiman is the creator/writer of the monthly DC
                     Comics cult series "Sandman" which has won
                     numerous honors including the Will Eisner Comic
                     Industry Award for the Best Writer four years in a
                     row; the Best Graphic Album - reprint award in
                     1991, and the best graphic album - New Award in
                     1993. In addition, at the annual Harvey Awards,
                     Gaiman was named Best Writer two years in a
                     row, and "Sandman" was named Best Continuing
                     Series in 1992. "Sandman" #19 also took the
                     1991 World Fantasy Award for the best short
                     story - the first comic book ever to be honored
                     with a literary award. The Sandman collections
                     have sold over 750,000 copies in paperback and
                     hardcover, and Warner Bros. has optioned rights
                     for a "Sandman" feature films.
                     note: this article appeared in 1999. Film has been
                     exhibited in US theaters since then.