Hayao Miyazaki and fellow animator, Isao Takahata, founded Studio Ghibli in 1985. And their last installment, The Wind Rises, was six years ago. That also happened to be the last project from Hayao Miyazaki, the acclaimed Japanese Director, as well.
We had heard that Miyazaki was working on a new project, The Adaptation of Kimitachi Wa Dô Ikiru Ka (How do you live?), but that was it. Now, the producer, Vincent Maraval, has officially announced that Miyazaki is working on two new films for the studio.
Vincent Maraval started Wild Bunch Productions, which was responsible for Hayao Miyazaki’s film, Spirited Away‘s international release. It’s also how Maraval and Miyazaki first became acquainted. Now, it’s how Studio Ghibli has premiered internationally ever since. And on January 21st, 2019, Maraval announced that Hayao Miyazaki and his son, Goro Miyazaki, would be working side by side once more. Only this time, on two new stories for the animation studio. The enthusiasm was on full display as you can see from his Tweet below:
Je peux témoigner, miyazaki pere et fils sont au travail. 2 nouvelles productions des studios ghibli sont en cours et les dessins sont in-cro-ya-bles ! Tres grosse emotion
— VINCENT MARAVAL ?? (@MARAVALV) January 21, 2019
Now we just have to anticipate the dates, names, and plots of the two films. And with Hayao Miyazaki becoming the first Japanese Director to win an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi, back in 2003, we shouldn’t worry. His previous work has always been a stunning and emotional ride. And for a man often considered as one of the greatest animators of all time, it fits.
If you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli, are you excited about the upcoming films? Let us know in the comments below.