The Ballad of Yaya Gets an Animated Adaptation
France’s Fei Productions is currently working an a new animated adaptation of Patrick Marty’s four volume graphic novel The Ballad of Yaya (La Balade de Yaya), which is so popular that it has already sold 40,000 copies in France alone.
The French-Chinese co production follows the story and Dickensian adventures of a resourceful and smart young girl who’s lost her parents during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Shanghai. The film is expected to run for 90 minutes, and will use both 2D and 3D animation to bring 1937 Shanghai to life on the big screen.
The family-targeted film’s script will be written by Patrick Marty himself, with help from Jean-Marie Omont, and Charlotte Girard. The artwork designs will be adapted by the original comic book artist, Golo Zhao. French animation veteran Fabrice Beau will be overseeing the commercial development of the film.
Fei Productions plans to take the The Ballad of Yaya to the Beijing International Film Festival, the Cannes Film Market and MIFA at Annecy in June.