Hayao Miyazaki And His Son Are Working On Two New Ghibli Films

According to producer and distributor Vincent Maraval, the master of Japanese animation still has a few pleasant surprises up his sleeve for us.

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We'll have to take the news with a pinch of salt, but it didn't come from just anyone either. Vincent Maraval is the founder of the Wild Bunch distribution company, to whom we owe the screening of the masterpiece Spirited Away in 2001. Yesterday morning (Japanese time), he visited the legendary Studio Ghibli, and tweeted:


I can report that Miyazaki senior and junior are at work. 2 new Studio Ghibli productions are underway and the drawings are in-cre-di-ble! Really exciting

We're pretty excited about the tweet, which means that Hayao Miyazaki – whose last feature film, The Wind Rises, was released six years ago already – hasn't yet retired. His son Goro demonstrated his talent in From Up On Poppy Hill in 2011. We don't have any more information on the two new productions yet, but according to Vincent Maraval, some of the animations and visuals are already presentable, suggesting that the process is well underway. 


We'll have to wait a while longer for more official information, as Studio Ghibli has a habit of keeping the "surprises" which have led to its success under wraps for as long as possible. Hypothetically, Hayao Miyazaki is still working on How Do You Live?, in the pipeline since 2017. And then there's Boro the Caterpillar, a very old project which he has been working on for more than 20 years. The 12-minute short film, initially planned for the Ghibli Museum, is now being adapted into a feature film for 2019. 

Meanwhile, Miyazaki is involved in a reforestation awareness-raising campaign in the "Tokoro no Mori" forest, where he found the inspiration for My Neighbor Totoro, and where he is working to restore the plant species which have disappeared. At the age of 78, "Senseï" Miyazaki hasn't stopped surprising us, and we couldn't be happier. 



Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth

By Pierre Bazin, published on 22/01/2019