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Hayao Miyazaki Is Coming Out of Retirement

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Honoree Hayao Miyazaki attends the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 2014 Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

2013’s The Wind Rises, a World War II story, was supposed to be the legendary Hayao Miyazaki’s last film. But in an NHK television special that aired Sunday, the director revealed that he’s not quite done.

During Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao—translation: The Man Who Is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki—Miyazaki revealed he’s planning a feature entitled Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar). The film—”a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers” that Miyazaki has been planning for 20 years—was originally envisioned as a CG short, but the director said he wasn’t satisfied with the final product. Last August, he presented a proposal for it to be a turned into a feature length movie.

The 75-year-old icon also said the yet-to-be-greenlit flick could take up to five years to make, which means there’s a possibility that it could come out by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Kemushi no Boro would be Miyazaki’s 12th feature length movie.

Fans don’t have to wait five years for the possibility of new Miyazaki, though. He’ll continue making CG shorts for the Ghibli Museum, and the Kemushi no Boro short is expected to be finished within a year. [Anime News Network]