Two of the greatest anime geniuses could be working together… sort of.
On the one hand there's Hayao Miyazaki, the "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away" director behind Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli. Ghibli of course was founded after the success of Miyazaki's 1984 manga adaptation "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind".
On the other there's Hideaki Anno, the Japanese animator and film director who founded animation house Gainax. Anno is the visionary behind arguably the most influential and divisive anime TV series of all time - the ambitious, dazzling and often puzzling "Neon Genesis Evangelion".
Anno actually worked on "Nausicaä" in his youth after Miyazaki hired him to draw some of the most complicated scenes near the end of the movie.
For years, Anno has apparently been keen on doing a sequel to "Nausicaä," something Miyazaki has little interest in. The persistence of Anno however looks like it might have finally paid off.
Anime News Network translated a recent TV interview with Miyazaki in which he was asked if he was interested in making a continuation of "Nausicaä". Miyazaki's response:
"No, I don't. I don't really feel like doing it, but Anno keeps on saying, ‘I want to do it! I want to do it!,' so I tell him now that I've come to think lately that if he wanted to do it, it would be fine for him to do it."