When legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki retired from directing in 2013 with his so-called final feature film, The Wind Rises, he must have been using the same definition of the word that legendary wrestler Ric Flair did during his many retirements. According to Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki (via a report on Anime News Network), Miyazaki is currently prepping a new film, confirming rumors that started last fall claiming Miyazaki wanted to come out of retirement and get back to freaking work.
The 76-year-old creator of such films as the Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke continued to draw manga and work on short films in his “retirement,” but fans will be thrilled to have him back on a new future film, and happy to let him off the hook on staying retired. Apparently, Miyazaki spent some of his free time learning computer animation. What have you accomplished over the last four years, for comparison’s sake? That’s right: nothing.
It’s unclear from the sparse report, but it’s possible the new film will be Kemushi no Boro, a long gestating project that Miyazaki was working on as a CGI short last year which he reportedly wanted to turn into a feature film instead.