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Studio Ghibli Is Spending 'More Money' On Its 'Fantastical' Next Film

Studio Ghibli Is Spending 'More Money' On Its 'Fantastical' Next Film

Hayao Miyazaki, director of Spirited Away, is working on an exciting new project

Amelia Ward

Amelia Ward

The next film for the famous Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is set to be one of its biggest yet.

Director Hayao Miyazaki has reportedly said he and his team are spending 'more money' than before in producing their new film, which is called How Do You Live?

Speaking about the hotly anticipated release, Toshio Suzuki, the studio's former president, revealed that Miyazaki has promised something special.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Suzuki said: "The film that Hayao Miyazaki's working on at the moment is a big, fantastical story."

Miyazaki is the 79-year-old genius behind some of Studio Ghibli's best works, including the much loved Spirited Away, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2003.

When How Do You Live? is released, it will be Miyazaki's first feature-length film since 2013's The Wind Rises, after which he appeared to go into retirement.

Miyazaki is spending 'more money' than before on the new film.

Suzuki admits that when Miyazaki asked him whether it was a good idea to come back for another film, he said no. But the director didn't listen and has been working hard on the movie for several years.

Suzuki explained: "Many directors make films on and on and on throughout their careers as they grow older.

"When Miyazaki came back and said that I want to make a film again, I actually said that's not a great idea because he's achieved so much already.

"You can't come back and do something that you've already done in the past, you have to do something different.

"One of the ideas that came out from that was, why not spend more time and spend more money [to make a film]? So, that's one of the new approaches."

Studio Ghibli is responsible for some of the most iconic animations ever made, such as Spirited Away.
Studio Ghibli

However, Suzuki admits, fans have still got a long time to wait until the film is finally released, with one minute of footage taking around a month to make.

He added: "We are still hand-drawing everything, but it takes us more time to complete a film because we're drawing more frames.

"We've been working on this film for three years, so that means we have 36 minutes completed so far. We're hoping it will finish in the next three years."

If you can't wait that long, though, you're in luck, as 21 Studio Ghibli films have now been uploaded to Netflix.

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film