Hayao Miyazaki is Officially Back Out of Retirement Working on Latest Studio Ghibli Film

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Founder of Studio Ghibli and longtime director Hayao Miyazaki is now working on a new feature length project two years after announcing his retirement. During a pre-Oscars interview with Studio Ghibli regarding the award-nominated animation The Red Turtle, producer Toshio Suzuki let it slip that the acclaimed director had begun work on a new feature film, confirming rumors of a return that had been floating around since last year.

Reporter Chuck D. for 47News, who attended the interview, posted about the exciting news on Twitter yesterday evening.

According to Chuck D., Suzuki said that he had been presented with a storyboard for the proposed film by Miyazaki last year. Suzuki described Miyazaki’s pitch for the film to be great and attached himself to produce the project, knowing that his retirement would be postponed for a few years as well.

Rumors of Miyazaki once again foregoing his retirement came about last year when he appeared in the Japanese documentary titled Hayao Miyazaki: The Man Who Is Not Done. In it, he revealed his dissatisfaction with Kemushi no Boro or “Boro the Caterpillar”, a 12-minute CGI animation he had been working on at the time. Miyazaki, having developed the story over 20 years, revealed that he’d like to turn the the short into a feature-length film instead. Though it’s strongly believed that Boro the Caterpillar is  Miyazaki’s next film, it has not been confirmed by any party as of late. You can check back here on DFTG for more information in the future.

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Phone-browsing Wikipedia in one hand and clutching his trusty controller in the other, the legendary Eric Hall spreads his wealth of knowledge as a writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. Be sure to catch his biweekly "Throwback Thursday" segment for a nostalgic look at trivia from the past.


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