Big news for fans of Hayao Miyazaki, the iconic director plans to make one last film. For this feature, Miyazaki will use CG production techniques for the first time in his career.
The 75-year-old director revealed his plans last night on NHK (Japanese broadcast network). In the spirit of coming out of retirement, the program was entitled Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao, which translates as Hayao Miyazaki – The Man Who Isn’t Finished.
Miyazaki has been working on a CG short entitled Boro the Caterpillar (Kemushi no Boro), which will be shown at the Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo. However, Miyazaki said last night that he is unhappy with the final product and has plans to turn it into a full-length feature. Miyazaki shared his thoughts with Toshio Suzuki, the current head of Studio Ghibli and producer of Miyazaki’s biggest hits. Suzuki spoke on the show and explained how Miyazaki has been struggling with CG animation techniques, especially after spending his life hand-drawing his films.
“Ghibli will carry on as long as Miyazaki continues to make films,” said Suzuki.
Miyazaki said he’s prepared to die while making this film. Typically a Miyazaki film would take about up to five years to complete, but through the use of CG, it could cut down that time significantly. Originally when Miyazaki announced his retirement from filmmaking back in 2013, he insisted it would be his last because he has come out of retirement before to work on other projects.
The Wind Rises (2013) and Ponyo (2009) were the last two features from Miyazaki. Check back with us for updates!