Hayao Miyazaki may be retired from filmmaking following the release of his final film "The Wind Rises", but his Studio Ghibli production studio is still plowing forward with new projects.
The company has announced that its next project will be an animated film adaptation of Joan G. Robinson's 1968 children's novel "When Marnie Was There".
The story follows Anna, a lonely misfit girl sent to foster parents who live on the UK's east coast. At the nearby Marsh House she soon meets a strange little girl and her first ever friend called Marnie. When a new family moves into Marsh House, she comes to learn the ghostly truth about Marnie.
"Spirited Away" character designer Ando Masahi are penning the script. Yonebayashi Hiromasa ("The Secret World of Arrietty") will direct with a 2014 Japanese release planned.
In other Ghibli-related news, a new trailer for the live-action telemovie remake of "Kiki’s Delivery Service" is out. Takashi Shimizu ("Ju-On: The Grudge") directs the project which Ghibli approved, but was not involved in.