Sunday, January 07, 2007

New Miyazaki

Studio Ghibli has confirmed (or at least that's what I read...) Hayao Miyazaki's next movie will be based on a Chinese children's novella called I Lost my Little Boy. The story will revolve around a boy dying from heart disease who still manages to go on great adventures. What's even more interesting than the plot is how it came to be. There have been claims that the novella is "very obviously inspired" by Miyazaki, and rumor has it that Totoro is mentioned in the book. It'll be interesting to see how Miyazaki adapts a work that is an adaptation of his own work.


Anonymous said...

I'd take this one with a pinch of salt. I don't think there hasn't been any new news on this project for more than a year, I'm not too sure it was confirmed in the first place.

If it is true then I'm excited! Anything to come from Miyazaki will be good.

Becca said...

Okay I may have jumped the gun a little but this news has been reported by several diferent sources within the last month including Animation magazine, Empire magazine and The Southeast Express.

It sounds cool so I guess we'll just have to wait and see...

(this is the full translation of the page in Southeast Express)

Miyazaki to come to China in June, for making final decisions on his last piece of work

Few days ago we received a piece of news from Studio Ghibli, of the anime and manga master Hayao Miyazaki. After "Howl's Moving Castle," his new piece of work, and also his last piece of directorial work, will be focused on a new book, "I Lost My Little Boy," by a new generation author called Yishu.

Since when has Studio Ghibli been contacting you?

Since last October, we have been having some preliminary contacts.

How is the current progress? When will the final result be arrived at?

Pretty good! We had some in-depth discussions on the format of presentation and the settings of the characters. Miyazaki may come to China in June. This is a great secret! At that time we will have face-to-face discussions to make final decisions on his last piece of work, "I Lost my Little Boy." Probably by June we will make an announcement for the anime and manga fans all over the world.

You said it is going to be the last piece of work. Do you mean the last piece of work that he directs?


How did the Ghibli staff know about your book and you?

The editor of the publisher, and also some friends of mine have been having some relatively close relationships with the other side. Concerning these problems, there will be a press conference explaining all the details. It is not convenient to talk about them at present.