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Studio Ghibli Is Working On Two New Animated Films This Year

They'll mark the Japanese animation studio's first movies since 2016 co-production 'The Red Turtle' — and one is being directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
By Sarah Ward
January 12, 2020
By Sarah Ward
January 12, 2020

Since 2016, the cinema-loving world has had a Studio Ghibli-shaped hole in its heart. That's when the acclaimed Japanese animation house released its most recent film, the gorgeous French co-production The Red Turtle. Its last solo production actually came two years earlier, courtesy of 2014's When Marnie Was There.

Still, much has happened in Studio Ghibli's world over the past decade. Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement, then changed his mind. In 2018, fellow co-founder and acclaimed director Isao Takahata sadly passed away. And, over the past few years, the company has been busying itself with its very own theme park. The latter is due to open in 2022 and become quite the tourist attraction — but that doesn't mean that fans aren't keen for more Ghibli movies.

Thankfully, the studio has announced that it's working on just that, with two new films on its slate for 2020. In the company's New Year's Greeting and just-released news update, it revealed that it'll be focusing on the pair of flicks and the theme park this year. And yes, one of those movies will be helmed by My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle icon Miyazaki.

How Do You Live? was actually first announced a few years back, along with Miyazaki's return from retirement. Few details have been unveiled since, although in an interview on Japanese TV late last year, the filmmaker's producer Toshio Suzuki advised that it was 15-percent finished at the end of October 2019. Initially hoped to hit screens around the time of this year's Tokyo Olympics, it hasn't been given a release date as yet.

Details of Studio Ghibli's second film in production are even more scarce, including its name, director, plot and timing. But the company's creative stocks run deep — Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki directed Tales from Earthsea and From Up On Poppy Hill, for example — and it hasn't made a bad movie yet.

Get excited about the two new films by revisiting the trailer for Miyazaki's last feature, 2013's The Wind Rises:

Via Studio Ghibli.

Published on January 12, 2020 by Sarah Ward
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