Hayao Miyazaki Comes Out of Retirement to Start Production on His New Anime Feature Film
Back in 2013 Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement after he made the beautiful anime film The Wind Rises. At the time, he said, “This time is for real.” He has since worked on little short personal projects, one of which is called Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar) that he is developing for the Ghibli Museum.
A few months ago it was reported that Miyazaki wanted to turn that short into a feature film because he wasn't satisfied with the project as a short film. Miyazaki has been planning this story for almost 20 years, and he described the short as "a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers."
At the time of the initial report that Miyazaki wanted to develop this as a feature film, the project had not been greenlighted by Studio Ghibli. It was recently confirmed by Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki in a pre-Oscars interview for the Studio Ghibli co-production The Red Turtle that Miyazaki is officially working on his next feature length film for the anime studio. The Red Turtle is nominated for Best Animated Film.
According to Kyodo, Suzuki said that Miyazaki has come out of retirement and is currently doing prep work for the project. “Right now in Tokyo, he’s putting all his effort into making it [the feature].” Suzuki previously stated that Miyazaki will draw up the storyboards for the film "until he dies," if that's what it takes to get it made.
The production team will be aiming to finish the film and release before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As a fan of every beautiful film that Miyazaki has made in his career, I'm happy that he's come out of retirement to give the world one more story to enlighten and inspire us.