The classic shojo manga The Rose of Versailles (Berusaiyu no Bara) will be getting a new anime film adaptation 50 years after its first publication. Details about the release date and production staff are yet to be announced.
The Rose of Versailles is a historical drama written and illustrated by Riyoko Ikeda was originally serialized under Shueisha’s Weekly Margaret from 1972 to 1973 and a revival of the series was published from 2013 to 2018.
The story set in France in the years preceding the French Revolution focuses on the two main protagonists Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, and the commander of her Royal Guard, Oscar Francois de Jarjayes.
Ikeda created the series in the late 1960s during a period when shojo manga had a significant transition from being marketed towards elementary school-aged girls to adolescents and young women which substantially shaped the shojo manga genre into what it is today.
Starting September 17, a “50th Anniversary Rose of Versailles Exhibition: Rose of Versailles Forever” will preview the teaser visual as well as character designs and background production art at the Tokyo City View observation deck.
Who is Producing The Rose of Versailles?
TMS Entertainment produced the TV anime adaption which was aired on Nippon TV from October 10, 1979, to September 3, 1980. The Rose and Women of Versailles an episode summarizing the events in the series was also produced. An anime film adaptation of the series called The Rose of Versailles: I’ll Love you As Long As I Live was released on VHS on May 21, 1987. A remake of the same film was announced by Toei Animation in 2007 but was later canceled.
Takarazuka Revue, the all-female theater has dramatized the series multiple times since 1974. The live-action film Lady Oscar was released in Japan on March 3, 1979 and was directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catriona MacColl as Oscar and Barry Stokes as Andre.
Watch the Promotional Video for Rose of Versailles
No trailer has been released, but there is a promotional video announcement below.