Hayao Miyazaki, acclaimed director and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, broke all of our hearts when he announced his retirement a few years ago. However, it was recently announced that Miyazaki has come out of retirement and has begun work on a new film.
Toshio Suzuki, A Studio Ghibli producer, made the rumors official in a pre-Oscars interview about Studio Ghibli Oscar-nominated film, The Red Turtle. Suzuki confirmed that Hayao Miyazaki was indeed working on a full-length project that he pitched the year before. Apparently, Miyazaki came up with a complete storyboard in about 20 minutes and Studio Ghibli was immediately on board. Unfortunately, while there are a few rumors rolling around, that is all we officially know about the new Miyazaki film.
One of the more popular rumors is that he is working on a full-length film for Boro the Caterpillar. Boro the Caterpillar was a CG short film that the director worked on and expressed some uncertainties in a Japanese documentary. This same documentary, Hayao Miyazaki: The Man Who Is Not Done, was the main source of inspiration behind all of the rumors around Miyazaki’s retirement. Despite Studio Ghibli’s immediate interest, the film is going to take quite a bit of time and financial backing before it will be ready for the public to consume. Despite the rumors, no one can truly predict what beautiful story he has created this time; only time will tell.
Obviously, there is no release date set while Miyazaki prepares to start animating and creating his newest feature. At least we can all sleep well at night knowing that Miyazaki has never let us down in the past and that his next creation will be just as good as Princess Mononoke or My Neighbor Totoro.
What’s your favorite Miyazaki flick? What do you hope to see from the new Studio Ghibli feature film? Let us know in the comments below!
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