Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli and director of Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and The Wind Rises, wants to make another full-length feature film, it was revealed Sunday.
Miyazaki stated his desire to make the film on a TV special documenting his work on “Boro the Caterpillar,” the CG short he is directing for the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.
If Miyazaki is able to get the green light for his new film, it will be, by some counts, the sixth time the legendary anime director has reversed his decision to retire from feature filmmaking.
In the documentary special, Miyazaki is seen presenting Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki with a document labeled “full-length film plan memorandum.” The document is blurred out, so viewers are unable to see exactly what Miyazaki has in mind. Miyazaki asks himself, “can I make it to 78?” noting if greenlit, the film will take until 2019 to complete. Miyazaki was also quoted as asking Suzuki to “please scrape together the money for this film.”
Miyazaki has announced his retirement from full-length filmmaking multiple times. Here’s a quick timeline:
- 1986: States “I’ve never wanted to retire more in my life,” after the completion of Castle in the Sky.
- 1992: Following the completion of Porco Rosso, states “I feel like I want to retire even more than in 1986. I did what I wanted to do. I’m finished with anime.”
- 1997: Announces retirement following the completion of Princess Mononoke.
- 1998: Reverses decision after Mononoke becomes huge box-office hit.
- 2001: Announces retirement at press conference for Spirited Away, stating, “full-length anime is impossible for me anymore.”
- 2004: Mamoru Hosoda leaves as director of Howl’s Moving Castle, Miyazaki takes his place.
- 2013: Announces retirement following completion of The Wind Rises.
- 2015: Announces work on “Boro the Caterpillar” CG short for Ghibli Museum.
- 2016: Proposes new feature-length film to producer Suzuki.
What do you imagine Miyazaki has up his sleeve this time? Will Suzuki accept his proposal? And will he make it to 78?