Next Ghibli Film from Takahata Is Now More 'Definite'
posted on by Egan Loo
Studio Ghibli President Koji Hoshino revealed to the Nikkei Waga Maga website that studio co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko) is proceeding with his preparations for a new film. While he cannot discuss the contents of the film yet, Hoshino said the plans are now more "definite" compared to one year ago. Hoshino first mentioned that Takahata and Goro Miyazaki (the son of studio co-founder and Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki) are developing new works in February. While it has been nearly a decade since Takahata directed his last film, 1999's My Neighbors the Yamadas, Hoshino said that Takahata has not stopped animating or writing on other works. Hoshino added that Takahata is in very good spirits, so he hopes audiences will look forward to the next film.
Hoshino also reiterated that Goro Miyazaki is also still developing his next work after 2006's Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki). Besides Takahata and the two Miyazakis, Hoshino noted there is a likely chance that Ghibli will promote one of its own animators to direct a film or recruit a director from outside the studio.
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