“I think we will not be making any feature films to be shown in theaters” - Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki
Speaking in an interview with U.S. newspaper L.A. Times, Studio Ghibli’s co-founder Hayao Miyazaki discussed the future of the beloved Japanese animation studio, and he doesn’t sound too optimistic.
He told the paper in an interview “At this point, we're not making a new film. I think we will not be making any feature films to be shown in theaters. That was not my intention, though. All I did was announce that I would be retiring and not making any more features.”
Asked whether he thought the studio could continue without him, his response was that it would “depend on their efforts and whether they'll have the fortune, the luck, to be able to make films.”
Miyazaki clearly felt he wasn’t able to offer any guarantees about the studio’s future, which will hardly inspire hope in fans of the Studio Ghibli, which has produced some of the most unique, imaginative and popular animated films to grace cinema screens in recent years, including Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle.