Hayao Miyazaki, the mastermind behind beloved films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Ponyo, shocked the world in 2013 with the declaration of his retirement following the year’s release of The Wind Rises.
Miyazaki, 72, co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985—generations across the globe have grown up and cherished these films.
At an Oscar event earlier this month, Toshio Suzuki (film producer and former president of Studio Ghibli) revealed that Hayao Miyazaki had been working diligently on storyboards for a new feature film. He revealed that, yes, Hayao Miyazaki is officially coming out of retirement after a 4-year hiatus.
While the title and story—and most everything else—of the new project is unknown, Ghibli fans rejoiced. One thing is certain: this will be his final film.
But at the end of the day, the possibilities are infinite as to what Miyazaki has hidden up his sleeves.