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Hayao Miyazaki teases plans for final feature film

The director revealed he's coming out of retirement to work on a 'Boro the Caterpillar' feature

Hayao Miyazaki, master maker of classic animated titles like My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, might soon be ending his self-proclaimed retirement in the near future. 

Speaking during a segment of Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao (roughly translates to Have No Trouble Hayao Miyazaki), a documentary which aired Sunday on Japan’s NHK network, the 75-year-old director revealed his plans to expand his Boro the Caterpillar short film into a full-fledged feature. 

According to Variety, Miyazaki said he has shared the proposal for a Boro feature with Toshio Suzuki, a veteran producer at Studio Ghibli with 31 credits to his name, including Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle. 

“I haven’t said anything to my wife yet,” the publication reports Miyazaki confessed, though a formal announcement about adapting the short into a full-length film has yet to be made. “When I do, though, I’m ready die in the middle (of production).” 

Suzuki went on to reveal Miyazaki is “battling with CG” on the project, though it hasn’t deterred his ambitions. 

“Miyazaki is a person who will keep making films until he dies,” Suzuki said. “Ghibli will continue as long as Miyazaki continues to make films.”

The studio did not immediately return EW’s request for comment. 

Miyazaki announced production on the short version of Boro the Caterpillar back in 2015, noting that he’ll incorporate computer-generated graphics into the project as opposed to his traditional hand-drawn style employed by his previous efforts. The project, which revolves around a hairy caterpillar, was reportedly set to screen at the Studio Ghibli museum in Mitaka, Japan. 

Following the release of his 11th feature The Wind Rises in 2013, Miyazaki declared his retirement from feature filmmaking during a two-hour news conference. 

“I know I’ve said I would retire many times in the past. Many of you must think, ‘Once again.’ But this time I am quite serious,” he said. 

In the past, Miyazaki won a competitive Oscar in 2003 for his work on Spirited Away, which became the highest-grossing film in Japan after grossing $229.6 million in the country. He later received the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement at the 6th Annual Governors Awards in 2014.