Hot on the tails of Miyazaki announcing that he’s got one more film in him, details about the new project have started to leak, thanks to Cinema Today.
We already know that the story is based on the 1937 novel How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino. Now, as Miyazaki has reportedly begun storyboarding the film, those close to him revealed that How Do You Live? will be a fantasy action/adventure.
Miyazaki’s storyboard artist, Toshio Suzuki, had this to say about the new work.
The content of the film is very different from what you’d expect from the title. It’s a grand fantasy.
Looking at the storyboards, I could easily understand why Miya-san changed his mind about retiring. He couldn’t have his career end with The Wind Rises. His reputation, after all, was built on his fantasy action/adventure works.
As much as I liked The Wind Rises, I couldn’t help but feel a little sad that the man who brought Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away into my life would end his career with a semi-historical drama. Good film, but not exactly the adventurous romp that I was hoping for.
So, looks like he’s decided to go out with a bang!
But let’s not forget that even after Miyazaki retires (for real), Studio Ghibli plans to continue animating films. In fact they’re currently making two Miyazaki films at the same time!
The second Ghibli production is being directed by Miyazaki’s eldest son, Goro Miyazaki, known for Tales from Earthsea and From Up on Poppy Hill. The only thing we know about this new project is that it’ll be fully CG, like another of his works, Ronja the Robber’s Daughter.
How Do You Live? is expected to release sometime in 2020, and until then, we’ll bring you details on what is likely to be Miyazaki’s last feature film.
…No, seriously, he’s getting really old. He can’t pull this ‘fake-retirement’ thing much longer…