Director Hayao Miyazaki is interrupting his retirement to make another full-length animated film, he announced in an interview with

The New York Times


In the interview, the co-founder of the Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli, known for animation films such as

My Neighbor Totoro


Princess Mononoke


Spirited Away

, says that the new animation film is based on the book

How Do You Live


by Genzaburo Yoshino from 1937.

The story follows a teenage boy in Tokyo who moves in with his uncle after his father dies.

The novel is said to be one of the director's favorite books.

Miyazaki has interrupted his retirement more than once to make another animated film.

He did that for the film

Spirited Away

, among others


That became the most successful film by Studio Ghibli and in 2001 it was the first animated film to win an Oscar.

Producer Toshio Suzuki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, described the new film as "fantasy on a grand scale".

The last film Miyazaki directed was


The Wind Rises