The legendary director Hayao Miyazaki is once again ending his retirement to come back to Studio Ghibli for another movie.

2001’s Spirited Away remains one of Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli’s most revered films, 20 years after its release. The film, which won the award for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, continues to enchant both new and returning viewers decades after it debuted. Yet Spirited Away‘s director, the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, hasn’t directed a feature animation for the studio since 2013’s The Wind Rises, although his son, Goró Miyazaki helmed last year’s Earwig And The Witch. 

Now though, it has been reported that Miyazaki Senior will be coming out of retirement to helm another Ghibli feature. Miyazaki hasn’t revealed too much about the project yet, but did tell Deadline that: “its based on Genzaburo Yoshino’s 1937 book How Do You Live?  The story follows a teenage boy in Tokyo who moves in with his uncle after his father dies.”

The source material is reportedly one of Miyazaki’s favourite novels.

When asked why he’d chosen now to return to directing, Miyazaki simply said: “Because I wanted to.”

Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki has also said that the planned film will be “fantasy on a grand scale.” This isn’t the first time the director has come out of retirement, and hopes will be high for this latest return. We’ll bring you more as we hear it.

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