Animation legend Hayao Miyazaki isn’t quite as ready to attend a retirement party in his honor as had previously indicated. In fact, he is now stating that we can forget about having such a soiree for him at all.
Last week, while in Los Angeles to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Miyazaki indicated that previously reported statements about him retiring were premature, telling an AP reporer –
I’m going to continue making anime until I die… I like creating stories and drawing pictures.
Well, that’s just fine by me. And I hope that it his ultimate “pencil down” date is not for several years to come.
But this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Soon after the news came out of the 2013 Venice Film Festival that Miyazaki was going to retire, Toshio Suzuki, a producer at Studio Ghibli which Miyazaki had helped to found, stated that what had been reported was based off a misinterpretation of something he had said.
Reports vary as to what Miyazaki’s next project may be. We do know that Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno may be working on a sequel to Miyazaki’s 1984 film Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, though it remains uncertain if Miyazaki will have any participation in the project.
Via Rocket News 24