Miyazaki’s Next Opens Summer 2008

Toho will release director Hayao Miyazaki’s next animated film, Gake no Ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on a Cliff), in Summer 2008 reports the trades.

The new film concerns a goldfish princess named Ponyo who wants to become human and her relationship with a 5-year-old boy.

Miyazaki, who is writing the original script, is basing the boy on his grandson. Miyazaki intends to make “Ponyo” with a pastel watercolor, hand-painted look.

The film is Miyazaki’s first since his 2004 megahit “Howl’s Moving Castle”. He also directed the Oscar winning “Spirited Away”.