Hayao Miyazaki to return to feature filmmaking

Tokyo, Nov 14 (IANS) Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has hinted about a return to feature filmmaking.

Miyazaki spoke about turning “Boro The Caterpillar” (“Kemushi no Boro”,) a computer-generated short he has been making for the Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo, into a feature film, reports variety.com.

During an interview to a news channel, Miyazaki said that he has shared a proposal with Toshio Suzuki, veteran producer at Studio Ghibli, which has been Miyazaki’s creative home for three decades.

“I haven’t said anything to my wife yet. When I do, though, I’m ready to die in the middle (of production),” he said.

No formal announcement about the production or release date of the film has been made.

The 75-year-old had announced his retirement from feature filmmaking in September 2013, following the summer release of his last feature to date, the World War 2 film themed “The Wind Rises”.

There was a five-year gap between “The Wind Rises” and Miyazaki’s previous film as a director, the 2009 “Ponyo”. The movie could release in 2021, if one goes by the usual pace of the director, who turns 80 that year.

Miyazaki was awarded the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement, presented at the sixth Annual Governors Awards ceremony in November 2014.