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Hayao Miyazaki Comes Out of Retirement for New Feature Film!

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In news that will surprise few, but delight many, legendary director Hayao Miyazaki has once again left retirement to work on a brand new feature film! According to his longtime producer Toshio Suzuki, Miyazaki is working on a brand new Studio Ghibli film, and apparently has been for a while!

After Miyazaki’s retirement in 2013, the fate of Studio Ghibli was uncertain. But, when the studio was brought aboard production of The Red Turtle, a co-production with the French studio Wild Bunch, Miyazaki decided to begin working on a new feature, which he brought to Suzuki sometime last summer. Sukuki said that Miyazaki brought him 20 minutes worth of storyboards, for an idea that he found “fascinating.”

While there is no official confirmation as to what the film will be about, speculation in the Japanese press has been that it will be a feature length adaptation of Kemushi no Boro or Boro the Caterpillar. Boro is a short film that Miyazaki wanted to make for quite some time, even to the point of learning how to animate using CGI, but always felt it would be better as a feature. However, when asked about this possibility, Suzuki gave no confirmation either way and is quoted as saying, “All I can say is that it’s really interesting.”

While we don’t know anything about the timeline of the production, sources have said that the studio would like to have the feature completed and released before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

What do you think of this news? Are you excited for a new film from Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli?

Edited by: Hannah Wilkes

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About Jonathan North

Jonathan North is an advertising and design student at Iowa State University. He has been an animation fan since he was a kid watching Fantasia at his grandparents' house. He is a huge fan of animated television, and his current favorite series’ are Steven Universe and Adventure Time.
  • Ryan Prieto

    I never want Miyazaki to stop directing. Does he deserve retirement? Yes. But I need more Ghibli… so there.

  • Omg THIS IS AMAZING NEWS!! I hope though he gets a proper retirement one day….
    Wouldn’t wanna work a legend too hard….though I’m extremely excited for this secret project!!

    • Alistair Carlyle

      He is a legend because he works hard. Why stop now? A genius like him can’t just rest peacefully anyway.

  • Manuel Orozco

    I like some of Hayao’s movies. I’ve seen Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro! Depends on the story, I’ll try and get excited.

  • Rachel Wagner

    He can come out of retirement any time in my opinion!

  • I am shocked, SHOCKED I TELL YA. I’m not a big fan of Ghibli myself, but it’s always nice to hear legends back at work.

    • Manuel Orozco

      So what? I’m not a big fan of Ghibli either. But I do have to agree with you