Believe it or not, Studio Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki has already been working on his new movie—Kimi-tachi wa Dou Ikiru ka?, or How Do You Live?—for over three years. So, how far along do you think he is at the moment? We got an answer thanks to a new NHK documentary that caught up with Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki.
According to Suzuki, How Do You Live? is 15 percent complete.
There are a few reasons for the slower pace this time around. For one, there’s no established deadline for the movie. While the 78-year-old director used to work at a pace of directing around 10 minutes of animation each month, the plan for this one was to have him direct five minutes at the same rate, which would add up to about an hour per year.
The reality, however, is that Miyazaki has been directing roughly one minute of animation per month.
Despite the pace, Suzuki believes Miyazaki will continue creating and making films for the rest of his life, so he doesn’t think this will be his last project. All Suzuki asks is that he doesn’t make another retirement announcement in the future.
Source: Tokyo Miracle NHK special via Anime News Network