At the press conference held in Tokyo this weekend, Studio Ghibli’s director Hayao Miyazaki explained his reason why he is retiring from making full length films.
He told the reporters, “I know I’ve said I would retire many times in the past. Many of you must think, ‘Once again.’ But this time I am quite serious,”
He noted that the interval between his films was becoming longer and his next film may take six or seven years to complete. The studio will not survive if he does that.
Miyasaki said that Studio Ghibli will be depending on its younger staff as it produces a new film for summer 2014. The new movie is still in the works and studio declines to give details about the film.
Though Miyazaki still intends to keep working on various things for the next decade, he emphasized that it will no longer in animation. One example was the exhibits in the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo where he joked, “I may even put myself on exhibition.”
The reporters asked about other feature films that he had wished he could do where Miyazaki replied that there were films that were not made, but there were reasons that they were not made.
Miyazaki was also asked if he plans to produce a sequel for the 1984 movie ‘Kaze no tani no Naushika’, he replied with a no.
The press conference concluded with Miyazaki saying, “This will never happen again.”