Studio Ghibli co-founders announce two new films
After the success of this summer’s Borrowers adaptation Arrietty, Studio Ghibli have announced that co-founders and animation moguls Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are each working on new projects.
The first is the vaguely defined ‘autobiography’ film from Hayao Miyazaki. Whether it will be his own autobiography or an adaptation of someone else’s is yet to be confirmed. Rather a bizarre premise for a Ghibli film we feel, unless the autobiography is of a mythical creature.
Grave of the Fireflies director Isao Takahata is said to be drawing up plans for a film based on the classic Japanese tale about a princess who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a bamboo plant, to be aptly titled The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. We’ve got high hopes for this one, it’s been twelve years since Takahata produced a film so he must have been saving himself for something fantastic. It’s all very exciting isn’t it?