Director Hayao Miyazaki briefly talked about what he calls his “final film” at the opening event of the Natsume Soseki Museum at Tokyo’s Wasada University. While Miyazaki has come in and out of retirement for a series of ‘final films’ in the past decade, producers voice concern that this really will be his final film due to his advanced age.
Miyazaki revealed that he is adapting Kimi-tachi wa Dou Ikiru ka (How Do We Live?) and that the movie will be finished in three to four years.
Genzaburo Yoshino wrote Kimi-tachi wa Dou Ikiru ka in 1937, and Miyazaki praised the novel as a masterpiece to the audience. The book follows the life of a man named Koperu and his uncle. After a spiritual revolution, Koperu is learning how to live as a human.
Kimi-tachi wa Dou Ikiru ka has not been officially green-lit by Studio Ghibli yet, but the project was proposed in 2016 after Miyazaki contributed to the Kemushi no Boro CGI short.
Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki first spoke about Kimi-tachi wa Dou Ikiru ka this past May and revealed that Miyazaki only had 20-minutes worth of storyboards finished. He also doubts that Miyazaki can finish the film before the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and has voiced concern about if Miyazaki will still be alive to finish the movie.
Despite Suzuki’s trepidation, Studio Ghibli began recruiting animators for Miyazaki’s film, and the new contracts started on October 1st.