Warner Bros. Japan adapting A ROBOT IN THE GARDEN for film
11th June, 2021
Warner Brothers Japan have announced their live-action film adaptation of A ROBOT IN THE GARDEN, to be released in 2022 under the title TANG.
The main character, Ben, will be played by Kazunari Ninomiya, known by fans as Nino. He is a Japanese singer, songwriter, actor, voice actor, presenter, radio host, and member of the much-loved Japanese pop group Arashi.
The news has had a huge impact on Japanese media, being covered by morning TV shows on 11 key stations nationwide. One such TV clip can be seen in the below tweet:
— L◡̈⃝︎⋆︎*a*mbsy (@n_n_6_6_n_n) June 10, 2021
Hastags #二宮和也 (‘#KazunariNinomiya’), and #TANG have been trending on Twitter in Japan.
Below are Japanese press clippings of the film news (click to enlarge):
Japanese publisher Shogakukan says that the books are currently sold out on online stores.
This follows from news in September last year of Shiki Theatre’s musical adaptation of A ROBOT IN THE GARDEN, which featured puppets by Toby Olié (War Horse).