The slightly disappointing news is that it’s to one of his weaker films, the still utterly entertaining 1992 high-flying adventure “Porco Rosso”. That film followed an Italian World War I fighter pilot who was transformed into a pig by a magical curse and now works as a bounty hunter protecting ships in the Adriatic Sea from roving gangs of flying pirates.
The sequel, entitled “Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie”, will be set during the Spanish Civil War and for a change will have a male character as the film’s protagonist. The original’s leading characters were the pig-faced Porco and a young female aircraft engineer.
No word as yet on when the film could score a release. Ghibli’s next film, “The Borrower Arrietty”, opened last month in Japan though a U.S. release date hasn’t been set.