TOKYO – “When Marnie Was There,” directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi has been set as the first feature to emerge from Japan’s powerhouse animation studio Studio Ghibli in the new post Hayao Miyazaki era.
Details of the film were unveiled by distributor Toho on Thursday.
Miyazaki, who co-founded the studio and has been responsible for most of its hit movies, announced his retirement in September.
“Marnie” is an adaptation of a children’s book by British author Joan G. Robinson and is scheduled for release in summer 2014.
Yonebayashi previously directed 2010 hit “The Secret World of Arrietty” which grossed $89 million and is Ghibli’s top non-Miyazaki title.
Miyazaki will not serve as scriptwriter or supervisor on the film, in contrast to “Arrietty” and other previous Ghibli pics that benefitted from his name on the credits in non-directing capacities.
Instead, Keiko Niwa, who was co-scripter with Miyazaki on “Arrietty,” and Masashi Ando, who was a character designer on Miyazaki’s “Princess Mononoke” and “Spirited Away,” share scriptwriting duties with Yonebayashi. Takatsugu Muramatsu is composing the score.
Miyazaki’s last feature animation, “The Wind Rises,” has earned $120 million in Japan since its July bow, while accumulating various honors, including a Golden Globes nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.