Miyazaki Returns: Confirmed

We’re three days late on the news, but Studio Ghibli has made Miyazaki’s return official:

Studio Ghibli co-founder and acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki is working on a new feature-length project for the studio a couple of years after announcing his retirement.

The announcement was made during a pre-Oscars interview with Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki. Suzuki, who was talking about the Oscar-nominated film The Red Turtle that Ghibli co-produced, confirmed Miyazaki had started working on the film he was rumored to be attached to last year.

A reporter for 47News was at the interview and tweeted out the confirmation early this morning.

Although it’s not officially confirmed, it seems likely that the film is going to be based on his unfinished CG short “Boro the Caterpillar” that he had expressed interest in extending into a feature length film back in November.

A movie about a caterpillar, huh? Should we be skeptical?

Who am I kidding. It’s Miyazaki. It’s virtually guaranteed to be an instant classic.

This is especially exciting in light of a small project – for lack of a better word – some of the younger Superversives are working on. Shhhhhhh…