The upcoming feature film is based on a novel entitled Earwig and the Witch, penned by the late Diana Wynne Jones, who also wrote the source novel of Howl’s Moving Castle. It’s set to follow the story of an orphan girl named Aya (changed from the book’s original name of Earwig) as she’s adopted by a witch and taken to her unsettling home. Miyazaki will be planning the project and has once again teamed up with his son Goro as he takes on the role of director. The father-and-son tandem is joined by Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki.
Suzuki shared a statement regarding the public’s reaction to a film in the post-corona world. “I thought that a number of times while watching the rushes,” he said. “Then I realized that one stand-out feature of the film is Aya’s cleverness. And if you are clever you can survive in any period of history. Thinking that, I felt relieved.”
Aya to Majo will premiere on NHK in Japan this winter. Stay tuned for a release date and an international premiere.
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