Mamoru Hosoda, director of award winning movies The Boy and The Beast and Wolf Children, spoke to Variety on Tuesday about his next film, Mirai.
The film will follow the story of a 4-year old boy, who is struggling with the arrival of a new little sister in his family. A mysterious garden in his backyard becomes a magical gateway, allowing the boy to travel through time to encounter his mother as a little girl, and his great-grandfather as a young man. This adventure helps him become the big brother he was meant to be to his new sister.
Hosoda has once again paired with Studio Chizu for this project, and the new film will be represented at the Cannes Film Festival by Charades. The expected completion date is May 2018.
The director has stated that this project is highly personal, and he has been inspired by his own experience of being a father to two young children. He spoke with Variety regarding the theme of the film:
“There is a common thread in the themes of my films: ‘The Girl Who Leapt Through Time’ was about youth, ‘Summer Wars’ was about family, ‘Wolf Children,’ ‘Ame’ and ‘Yuki’ were about motherhood. ‘The Boy and The Beast’ was about the father, and my new film is about the relationship between brothers and sisters. ‘Mirai’ is about a boy who is trying to reclaim the love of his parents.”
He reported to Variety in another interview about the upcoming film, speaking of the personal themes, development and the similarities between his previous films.
Mamoru Hosoda’s other films include Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Digimon: The Movie.
Honestly, we cannot wait to see this new masterpiece by a critically acclaimed director!