The co-founders of legendary Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, both have new projects in development according to producer Toshio Suzuki via Twitchfilm.
“Spirited Away” and “Ponyo” director Miyazaki’s new film is described as autobiographical in nature, but no further details are available. It’s unsure if it’s an autobiography of his own life, or an adaptation of someone else’s.
“Grave of the Fireflies” and “My Neighbors the Yamadas” director is adapting a new film based on the classic 10th century Japanese story “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter” about a princess who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a bamboo plant. Takahata has been at work on the project for a while now as it was first mentioned back in 2009.
Ghibli’s latest film, “The Secret World of Arrietty”, will finally score a U.S. release on February 17th 2012.