The son of famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, defying opposition from his father, will make his directorial debut next year with a film on the "Earthsea" fantasy novels by U.S. writer Ursula Le Guin.
Goro Miyazaki, a 38-year-old former construction consultant, is directing the animation film for July 2006 release, according to Studio Ghibli, which has released his father's works.
"It may sound a bit abrupt but let me say this first - my father Hayao Miyazaki was against my directing 'Tales from Earthsea'," his eldest son said without delving into the reasons.
"I realized I have undeniable affection for animation, which I had long pretended not to notice in my mind due partly to relations with my father," he wrote on the Ghibli website.
He said he had decided to take up his father's profession in part because he was drawn to the Le Guin stories about a boy who turns into the wizard Ged. The "Earthsea" tales were published from 1968 and were compared decades later to J.K. Rowling's smash-hit "Harry Potter" series.
The junior Miyazaki said he hoped people would watch his film "by putting all other thoughts out of their mind... though I can easily imagine my name will come with the adjective phrase 'son of director Miyazaki'" to promote the film.
Goro Miyazaki graduated in forest engineering and has been engaged in projects to make urban areas greener.
He was director of Tokyo's Ghibli Museum until June displaying popular characters by his 64-year-old father, whose career has spanned more than four decades.