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SYDNEY — Warner Bros. has collared theatrical rights in Japan, and an option for all rights in the rest of the world, to Fuji TV’s first animated pic, “Brave Story.”

Based on a best-selling novel by Miyuki Miyabe, the film will be produced by Chihiro Kameyama, who’s responsible for Fuji TV’s hit cop film franchise “Bayside Shakedown.”

Now in pre-production and budgeted at around $10 million, “Brave Story” is skedded to be released in Japan in summer 2006.

It’s a fantasy about the adventures of a boy and his mother. Pic will be directed by Koichi Chiaki and the animation will be handled by Japanese toon shop Gonzo Digimation, which is part-owned by Fuji TV.

Pic reflects Fuji TV’s quest to enter the realms of Japanese animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki, who has created a string of blockbusters including “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Spirited Away” and “The Princess Mononoke.”

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WB Japan has served as Fuji TV’s theatrical distrib on several pics including “Meeting Venus” and “Memphis Belle.”