Last month we covered the exciting announcement that legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki had emerged from his short-lived retirement and was already at work on a new feature film. Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli, a world-renowned anime house responsible for such classics as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. We now have word that Hayao’s son, Goro Miyazaki, will be helming another feature for the studio.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Goro will be directing a CG animated film while his father oversees a hand-drawn film, Kimitachi wa do Ikiru ka (How do you Guys Live?). Two new Ghibli movies on the horizon! This is heartening news for fans everywhere who not so long ago had reason to believe the doors were closing on their favorite dream factory.
This marks Goro Miyazaki’s third film for Studio Ghibli after Tales from Earthsea and From Up on Poppy Hill. His output thus far has yet to reach the commercial success and recognition of that of his father or Isao Takahata, another veteran Ghibli director who has been flirting with “retirement” himself. The decision to make Ghibli’s first computer-animated feature could prove divisive. The studio is well-known for their detailed, hand-drawn style, a process that takes years. Goro recently directed the TV series Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter; this CG anime is our closest guess to how the new film could end up looking. No other details are known about the project.
Studio Ghibli co-founder and producer Toshio Suzuki made the announcement and offered the following assurance, “Ghibli will keep making films. That is the true path for Ghibli. Continuing on is all we can do; until the day we are unable to do so. That is what I have resolved to do.” Simply put, that is everything us Ghiblievers wanted to hear.