Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animation film studio, best known as the producer of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata‘s works, announced in their annual New Year’s message that they are working on two new films this year.
The latter began by recapitulating previous official announcements, talking about the opening of the first Ghibli theme park in the Japanese city of Nagakute in 2022, and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in a Kabuki play, a type of play that was created in Japan at the beginning of the 17th century.
Although very little is yet known about the second film, Studio Ghibli revealed details about the first – which was directed by Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. The film will be Miyazaki’s first feature since he retired in 2016.
Although the work never had a “deadline” and a precise release date, the studio, at one point, made it necessary to get it out in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo. Hayao Miyazaki’s long-time producer decided to postpone the release between 2021 and 2022 – by October, only 15% of the film had been completed. Sure, as they say, perfectionism is the enemy of progress, but when you have the established reputation of someone like Hayao Miyazaki, you probably want to take the time to make the work flawless.
Also, it is rumored that the director worked very slowly on this film, so slowly that he only produced one minute of animation a month. However, the pace is likely to change as the more complicated phases, i.e. the initial ones concerning storyboarding and story development, are over.