Legendary animator, Hayao Miyazaki has come out of retirement and is back in Studio Ghibli to make one last film. In 2013, Miyazaki announced his retirement and the animation studio was supposedly going to stop making films. But after the announcement of both a new film and the return of Miyazaki, a revival is definitely taking place.
Details about the upcoming feature film haven’t been released, but work is definitely underway. According to Empire, Miyazaki met with members of his old team to discuss the possibility of working on a new film. He has also announced that the Studio Ghibli is also searching for new, young creatives to begin training in the fall.
Studio Ghibli is best know for animated masterpieces like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle. The last film that Miyazaki produced was a short titled, Kemushi No Boro (Boro the Caterpillar) for the The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan.
Fans speculate that the short Miyazaki is the film that Studio Ghibli plans on making. While nothing has been confirmed, rumors are swirling that Boro the Caterpillar will be made into a larger feature film.
A documentary, Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, captured Miyazaki’s creative process while working on Boro was released this year. During an interview with Little White Lies, the film’s director, Kaku Arakwa saw that there was still some desire to continue working in animation.
“When I started filming and following Miyazaki for this documentary, he kept saying that ‘I am just a retired old man.’ But when he started working together with young CGI artists, I could see his fire started blazing again.”
Be sure to check out the trailer for Never-Ending Man down below!