Studio Ghibli have officially announced their next two films for release; Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising) by Hayao Miyazaki and Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya) by Isao Takahata. Both films by the Ghibli co-founders are set for release on the same in Japan in summer 2013; the last time Miyazaki and Takahata released two films on the same day was the release of My Neighbour Totoro and Grave of Fireflies in 1988.
Miyazaki previously released a two-part manga mini-series back in 2009 called Kaze Tachinu, which focused on Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of Japan’s famed Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane of World War II. The film will work off this manga, and also Tatsuo Hori same-titled book.
Also in 2009, Takahata announced that the next film he would be working on would be based on Japanese folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter about a princess named Kaguya who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant.
Both films have clearly been a personal project for the Ghibli co-founders, and Miyazaki and Takahata have both written the screenplays for their respective films.