Legendary animator, writer and director Hayao Miyazaki is said to be stepping out of retirement to create a new full-length feature film, his first since 2013’s The Wind Rises. This is not the first time he has stepped out of retirement, in fact Miyazaki’s “retirements” have become a bit of a running gag as it seems he will not stop creating films until the end of his days.

The new film will be based on a story that Miyazaki has been developing for nearly two decades about a caterpillar named Boro that is so small, “it may be easily squished between your fingers.” Originally, Miyazaki decided to tell the tale of Boro in the form of a CG short titled Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar) at the Ghibli Museum. After not being overly satisfied with the way in which the short turned out, Miyazaki proposed the possibility expanding the story of Boro into a full feature.

Miyazaki said that the film may take up to five years to complete, at which point he will have reached the distinguishing age of 80. Should the film take the entire 5 years, it’s completion would be concurrent 2020’s Tokyo Olympics; an excellent opportunity for the already-massive attraction of a new Studio Ghibli release.

Meanwhile, Miyazaki will be continuing his work creating CG shorts for the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan. Should you like to pay a visit, information and tour pricing can be found here. For more information about Miyazaki, his legacy and his full filmography, visit: britannica | imdb

H/T: anime news network