It has been three years since the legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki decided to retire from filmmaking, but now it looks like the 75-year old animator may be temporarily returning, which was announced on a NHK television special this past weekend.
One of the projects that Miyazaki had been working on since his retirement has been short films for the Studio Ghibli Museum. One of his latest shorts, Boro the Caterpillar, was something he was apparently dissatisfied with and the reason is that he felt he could actually make this short a feature-length film.
The short has been described as a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers.While the film has not officially been greenlit, Miyazaki is appeared to actually be working on the film with a target date of 2019, which will mark the 40th anniversary of his feature film debut, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro.
The reason why it would take so long would be to consider Miyazaki’s other post-retirement projects, including a samurai manga and a children’s nature retreat construction project. His last feature film was 2013’s The Wind Rises.
It will be great to see Hayao Miyazaki’s return to filmmaking, even though it will be quite a ways away.
H/T: Anime News Network