Hayao Miyazaki is reportedly returning with Studio Ghibli to work on another feature-length animation, with his son taking on a project of his own. Miyazaki founded the Studio Ghibli animation house back in 1985 and went on to produce a series of internationally renowned movies such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and Howl’s Moving Castle among many others. To the disappointment of fans across the globe, Miyazaki announced his retirement from making full-length films in 2013, however only three years later, the master of animation was back, working on How Do You Live?, a Ghibli movie expected to release around the time of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Following in the footsteps of one of history’s greatest animated filmmakers is undoubtedly a daunting proposition, but that’s exactly the path Hayao’s son Gorō Miyazaki has chosen. Although he entered the business later in life, Gorō currently has two Studio Ghibli titles to his name in 2006’s Tales From Earthsea and 2011’s From Up On Poppy Hill. Possessing a distinctly different art style to that of his father, Gorō’s debut feature was released to a mixed reception, but From Up On Poppy Hill enjoyed far more acclaim and hinted at a successful directing career for Miyazaki Jr.
It is now being reported that Hayao Miyazaki has another Studio Ghibli movie in the pipeline, while his son is also working on a new project at the studio. The news originates from Vincent Maraval (via The Playlist), a frequent collaborator of Hayao Miyazaki’s, who revealed the news on his Twitter account this week.
Maravel’s tweet specifically mentions two “new” productions, which suggests that he’s not referring to How Do You Live?, as that film was announced back in 2016 and has been on the radar ever since. However, as the tweet doesn’t offer any specific details regarding the two projects, there’s a possibility that Maravel was simply hyping up the father-son dynamic of Hayao Miyazaki working on How Do You Live? while his son develops his own feature. Certainly, it would be unusual for a man who came out of retirement to work on two large projects simultaneously, but given Hayao Miyazaki’s clear distaste for a quiet life, the possibility can’t be ruled out entirely.
In either case, the bottom line for Studio Ghibli fans is that more Miyazaki material is on its way and appears to look very promising. Naturally, there will be more excitement surrounding Hayao’s forthcoming feature, but fans will surely be keeping a close eye on Gorō’s future output too, especially if his father decides to head back into retirement once his current projects are complete.