Hayao Miyazaki is Developing a Sequel to 1992's 'Porco Rosso'
Interesting news coming out of the pages of Cut magazine in Japan translated by Nausicaa.net (via AICN). The site translated some quotes from Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki talking about their future line-up and Miyazaki's plans in his own immediate future (which is not, thankfully, retirement). He says that they're developing "two films in three years" that he would help plan (scripting, staffing, etc), although they could be directed by "rookie directors." One of the projects he's working on is Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie, some sort of odd sequel to 1992's Porco Rosso and "tragic story of a boy" that he wrote in the last few years.
The quotes are a bit confusing, but here's what we make of it. It will be set during the Spanish Civil War and it's the only story he wants to work on, as he states: "I do not need to make a movie if it is not a tragic story of a boy." "I have all its materials," he says, and "it should be interesting." He also adds some things like, "it cannot be helped because it's a hobby of the old man', I'm happy. It's my hobby." And apparently he recently changed his mind, because, "before (the interviewer) come here, I thought 'It's not good after all, It's just my hobby.'" So is he doing it or not, I don't really know? But I'm leaning towards yes it will be happening.
The original Porco Rosso, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, is about an Italian World War I fighter ace named Porco Rosso, who's living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing "air pirates" in the Adriatic Sea. He's cursed and has been transformed into a pig. Once called Marco Pagot, he is now known to the world as "Porco Rosso", Italian for "Red Pig." It would actually be the first direct sequel to any Studio Ghibli film, not counting the other character crossovers. I'm a big Ghibli/Miyazaki fan but I'm not too worried about what they decide to do next because I'm always excited to see whatever it is. I love that studio and I'm glad they continue to evolve and grow in their own way. I'm looking forward to whatever they've got up next. You?