Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki has described Hayao Miyazaki’s upcoming film as a hand-drawn “action-adventure fantasy” in a recent letter. Miyazaki himself unveiled its title as Kimi-tachi wa Do Ikiru ka (How Do You Live?) back in October. The 1937 Genzaburo Yoshino book which directly inspired the title will have special meaning for the protagonist, the director said. He also projected a stretch of three to four years of work still required in order for the movie to be completed.
Miyazaki’s return to Ghibli for his “final film” prompted a staffing shuffle at the studio. Ghibli Museum’s former director Kiyofumi Nakajima was instated as the company’s new president, with previous holder of the role, Koji Hoshino, being named as chairperson for Ghibli.
Suzuki said he could understand the motive behind Miyazaki coming out of retirement once he’d read the content for the film. He also revealed that his son Goro Miyazaki is in the midst of producing a new CG feature. As for Studio Ghibli itself, wherever it’s co-founder goes from here, Suzuki said it will go on making films until “the day it fails”.