Hayao Miyazaki retired from making feature-length films back in 2013, however, the NHK TV special which focuses on the acclaimed anime director suggests that he may be making a comeback. According to the TV special, “Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao” (The Man Who Is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki), Hayao Miyazaki actually wants to come back.
According to ANN, the special revealed that:
“Miyazaki was not satisfied with the CG project as a short, and he presented a project proposal for a feature-length film this past August. He also noted that if a feature would take him five years to make, he would be 80 years old at the end. In the schedule listed in his proposal, Miyazaki suggested that the film could be done by 2019, before the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki commented that Miyazaki will draw storyboards until he dies, and another staffer dryly noted that this would make the movie a huge hit.”
The special also revealed that despite not officially receiving a green-light for the feature film, Miyazaki decided to start animation work on the project anyway. He plans on creating storyboards for about 100 cuts of footage. I guess legends can’t just retire that easily.
The animated short he was working on is a Ghibli Museum short film titled Boro the Caterpillar, and it really seems he wants to make it into a movie. As for the TV special, it focuses on Miyazaki as he works on the animated short film.