Miyazaki Unretires For A Caterpillar Movie

Three years after his retirement, anime legend Hayao Miyazaki will return to feature filmmaking it seems.

Anime News Network reports that as part of a television special that aired today in Japan, Miyazaki revealed he wasn’t satisfied with the CG-animated short he’s been working on for the Ghibli Museum.

The problem isn’t the content but rather the shorter format, as a result he’s now developing the film, titled “Boro the Caterpillar,” as a full-length feature. The project isn’t greenlit but he’s already working on it and it could be completed as early as 2019.

The short has been described as “a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers.” Should the feature hit its target date, it would come forty years after Miyazaki made his directorial debut with 1979’s “Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro”.

Miyazaki has been keeping busy since he gave up feature filmmaking after wrapping “The Wind Rises” three years ago. He’s worked on other Ghibli Museum shorts, a samurai manga, and a children’s nature retreat construction project.