Upping the ante somewhat from his recurring talk of retirement, Hayao Miyazaki is now pitching the dissolution of Studio Ghibli. He told Cut Magazine.
Suzuki-san is making a dissolution program for Ghibli. No joke, we talked about it the other day. For example, Ghibli should be able to continue with about five staff members as a copyright management company even if we smash the studio. So, Ghibli can say ‘We stop film production. Goodbye’. I do not have to be there.
Wow. On the other hand, they might not do this at all. Apparently the exit plan is in place should their latest film, Arietty the Borrower, turn out to be a box office bomb. Surely there’s no need to take it so hard, guys? Can’t you bounce back from one wobbly performance?
On the other hand, if Arietty is a success, there’s an entirely different plan. Miyazaki wants to make a sequel to his wonderful fighter pilot pig picture, Porco Rosso:
So I want to escape to Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie. I have all its materials. It should be interesting. It is set for Spanish Civil War.
To get there, however, Miyazaki says Ghibli need to make successes of their next two films. There’s not much info on either available, other than Miyazaki has written the proposals for both and will script them, and that the first of them will once again have a girl as its protagonist, and reading between the lines, it seems that the second will too.
Ghibli's and Miyazaki's Next Feature Films - Cut Interview Summary
- After Ponyo, Miyazaki told the staff his plan to create two films in three years and that he would take planning responsibility (preparing a project proposal paper, forming the staff, and writing a script).
- "If two rookie directors, though one is not a true rookie, become good, they becomes a valuable property for Ghibli. Though Suzuki-san says, "You make a film after them." If Maro makes a (second) film, Ghibli will be more stable."
- "Suzuki-san is making a dissolution program for Ghibli. No joke, we talked about it the other day." This dissolution program changes if Arrietty succeeds.
- "For example, Ghibli should be able to continue with about five staff members as a copyright management company even if we smash the studio. So, Ghibli can say 'We stop film production. Goodbye'. I do not have to be there."
- "Though I don't know how it will be, I'd like to create a more positive boy (than Sho) in the next movie what we are preparing now. Though the leading character is a girl again."
- "I wrote two scripts in two years."
- Miyazaki is always thinking about a tragic story of a boy. However, he wants to escape to "Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie" because a tragic boy's story is very difficult. Miyazaki says, "But it (Porco) is not connected in the future."
- "When I read James Joyce's Dubliners, I think the boys are not blessed. (laughs) I can really understand how literature of the 20th century captured the tragic characteristics of boys."
- (about Miyazak's next film) "I'm not thinking about a movie of a girl."
- "I think that I must think about only a movie of a boy."
- "I do not need to make a movie if it is not a tragic story of a boy."
- "So I want to escape to "Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie". I have all its materials."
- "It should be interesting."
- "It is set for Spanish Civil War."
- "If next two films succeed and Suzuki-san lets me make it (Porco) while saying, 'It cannot be helped because it's a hobby of the old man', I'm happy. It's my hobby."
- "I had thought about the possibility of "Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie" in the morning. But before Shibuya-san (the interviewer) come here, I thought 'It's not good after all, It's just my hobby.'"
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not gonna lie, Porco Rosso is one of my favourites and I pray for Ghibli's success but... I don't know how to feel about the situation as a whole :/ Studio Ghibli is just a massively important institution in terms of cultural value and closing it down would be a massive loss. And the Suzuki-san referred to is Toshio Suzuki, the producer of Studio Ghibli.