U.K. print film magazine Sight & Sound published on March 1 an interview with Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki in its April 2021 issue, in which he confirmed that the animation for Hayao Miyazaki’s next feature film, Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka (How Do You Live?), is half-finished.
That being said, Suzuki also stated that he does not expect the film to release for another three years.
The interviewer, journalist and author Alex Dudok de Wit, also stated that the studio “has another film in development, although no details have been announced,” and that the studio “may be facing a changing of the guard.” Suzuki had also stated in December that another film was in the works.
The interview also reveals that Hayao Miyazaki wanted to direct Earwig and the Witch, Goro Miyazaki’s anime adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’ novel of the same name, but that Suzuki persuaded him to continue directing How Do You Live? instead. Suzuki further stated that he persuaded Goro Miyazaki to use 3D CG instead of the cel-shading CG he used in Ronja the Robber’s Daughter.
Interestingly, Suzuki mentioned that with both Miyazakis working on different films at the same time, the studio “found itself split into two camps: ‘Team Hayao’ and ‘Team Goro.'” Suzuki added he “felt that Team Goro was better” as it had “younger and more talented people on the team.” The team under Goro Miyazaki was also more international.
Suzuki added in the interview that he agrees with Goro Miyazaki, who stated to the press the studio should continue with both hand-drawn 2D films as well as 3D CG films.
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