In a recent interview with Den of Geek, Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura revealed that Hayao Miyazaki is planning three more shorts for the Ghibli Museum. Miyazaki, who has now retired from directing feature films, wants to bring the total number of Ghibli Museum Shorts from the currently existing nine up to twelve, so they can be rotated once a month. But as yet, there is no confirmation that he will direct them himself.
Miyazaki told The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 about his intentions to “continue to make short films for the Ghibli Museum with a small staff of animators.” However, he added that he thought even this “will quietly disappear in the future.” For now, Nishimura has said that there are “talks” to produce TV series or 15-30 second commercials, but as ever, “nothing is concrete.”
Up until this point, the Ghibli co-founder has directed seven of the nine Ghibli Museum Shorts: ‘The Whale Hunt’; ‘Koro’s Big Day Out’; ‘Mei and the Kittenbus’; ‘Mon Mon the Water Spider’; ‘House Hunting’; ‘The Day I Bought a Star’ and ‘Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess’. The remaining two that he planned were ‘A Sumo Wrestler’s Tail’ and ‘Treasure Hunting’. All of these are exclusive to the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, which will reopen with an adult-sized Catbus after renovations in July.
The studio’s latest and perhaps final feature film, When Marnie Was There, opened in Japan in 2014 and is coming to UK cinemas at last on June 10th.