Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron” has been yet another massive success for the venerated animation filmmaker – scoring stellar critical reviews, taking in $121 million worldwide so far and becoming Miyazaki’s top-earning title in North America to date.

Originally touted as his final work, it was made clear in the lead-up to its release that the director had no plans to stop with the film and more would be on the way from this true master of the craft. So what will be his next film?

A new documentary titled “2399 Days With Hayao Miyazaki” has just been released by NHK which chronicles the making of “The Boy and the Heron”.

According to X (via World of Reel), the special ends with the director talking about the future before the documentary cuts to a shot of Nausicaa and Teto and Miyazaki says: “It’s painful to return to this world” after the artwork is shown.

This has led to immediate speculation he may be doing a follow-up to that animated classic whose success led to the founding of Studio Ghibli.

Nothing official has been said about Miyazaki’s next work beyond producer Toshio Suzuki back in October saying “I no longer try to dissuade him, even if he were to make a failed film. In life, it’s only the work that delights him… He’s 82, and I think he’ll go on until he’s 90”.

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