• Hayao Miyazaki in 'The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness' (2013) (Screenshot)Source: Screenshot
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2 May 2017 - 1:42 PM  UPDATED 2 May 2017 - 1:42 PM

Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki gave some insight into Hayao Miyazaki's proposed feature film at the Niconico Chōkaigi 2017 convention on the weekeend. He revealed that Miyazaki has only completed 20 minutes of storyboards for his upcoming feature film.

The film, which Studio Ghibli has yet to announce details about, was scheduled for release in 2019 in anticipation for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki told fans at the convention that he wasn’t sure if Miyazaki could finish the film by the expected date.

Miyazaki announced his return from retirement last year during a television special on NHK, The Man Who Is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki. The program revealed Miyazaki’s first project after retirement: a CG short titled Boro the Caterpillar, which will begin screening at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo from July. During the special, Miyazaki teased wanting to make another full-length feature film, not satisfied with animated shorts. He presented a pitch to the company in August, last year.

Hayao Miyazaki directed a lot of classic anime films, such as My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away. Prior to the NHK special, the Studio Ghibli director had been in retirement after his last full-length film, The Wind Rises in 2013.

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