The film, which has a projected completion date of Spring 2004, will be based on the writings of Diana Wynne Jones
, a popular British children's author. The film is a love story centered on Sophie
, an 18 year old in an elderly woman's body, and a magician named Howl. The film is set in a fantasy world with elements of science, and is reportedly a war drama.
Miyazaki is currently at work on designs, while Studio Ghibli
is testing 3D graphic technology, presumably for use in the film.