The famous animation director and co-owner of Ghibli studios who produced timeless movies such as Spirited Away and Princess Monoke announced on Sunday that a new project would soon be in the works.
This isn’t the first time the Academy Award nominee has announced his retirement : back in September 2013, he announced during a press conference in front of hundreds of journalists that he would no longer be involved in film-making. This was just 2 years before releasing When Marnie Was There in 2015, which was to be his last production. Yet the Japanese animation producer apparently couldn’t stay away from his pen, thus revoking his retirement plans for the sixth time!
This Sunday on the NHK TV special, he stated that he was unhappy with his latest short-feature production Boro the Caterpillar (a story he has been developing for 20 years) and is to turn it into a full-feature film that should be finished by 2020, just before the Tokyo Olympics. By that time, he will be 80 years old.
Agustin Barral, IEJ3F