GKids Acquires ‘Lupin the 3rd: The First,’ the Franchise’s First CG-Animated Caper

Published on Mar 26, 2020

GKids Acquires ‘Lupin the 3rd: The First,’ the Franchise’s First CG-Animated Caper

GKids has snatched up North American theatrical rights to “Lupin the 3rd: The First,” the latest anime feature in the popular “gentleman thief” franchise, written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki. GKids will release “The First” (produced by Tms Entertainment and Marza Entertainment Planet) in 2020 for Oscar qualification in both Japanese and an all-new English language version.

Based on the legendary manga series, “Lupin III,” by the late Monkey Punch, “The First” marks the first CG-animated addition to the movie franchise. Arsène Lupin III is hired by young female archaeologist named Letizia to steal the infamous Bresson Diary (containing the secret of eternal energy) from a dark cabal devoted to resurrecting the Third Reich in the 1960s. Through a series of adventures that includes trap-filled tombs, aerial escapades, and daring prison escapes with his trademark wit and visual finesse, Lupin III uncovers his family’s literary origins.

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Author: Bill Desowitz