Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly for an interview. There. he revealed that even with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re still working on Hayao Miyazaki’s next movie, “How Do You Live?”. In fact, the pandemic has not hampered their work at all. He also confirmed that they have completed 36 minutes of the movie so far.

The renowned anime movie producer also stated that “The film that Hayao Miyazaki’s working on at the moment is a big, fantastical story”. He also said that “Many directors make films on and on and on throughout their careers as they grow older. When Miyazaki came back and said that I want to make a film again, I actually said that’s not a great idea because he’s achieved so much already. You can’t come back and do something that you’ve already done in the past, you have to do something different. One of the ideas that came out from that was, why not spend more time and spend more money [to make a film]? So, that’s one of the new approaches.”

In addition, Suzuki also announced that they’re working on other projects as well. One of these is a new CG anime film from Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki (Tales from Earthsea). Suzuki states that this upcoming film is “based on a book or story from England… about a very wise girl”. But so far, he hasn’t revealed any further details yet.

As for Miyazaki’s new project itself, the movie’s title comes from Genzaburou Yoshino’s 1937 masterpiece novel of the same name. Miyazaki explains that the book’s title plays an important role for the movie’s protagonist. As for the book itself, it centers on a man named Koperu and his uncle, as well as his own personal and spiritual growth.

Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli

Previously, Miyazaki suggested that the movie could be done by 2019, just before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, Suzuki has stated that it would be impossible, as Miyazaki has only done 20 minutes worth of storyboards at that time.

During an NHK TV special, the legendary Ghibli director, who has retired from directing feature-length movies, has announced his plans to return. Hopefully, we can get a new Oscar run for the great director, who is also the only anime director from Japan to ever win an Academy Award.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly


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