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Porco Rosso Sequel to Follow The Borrower Arrietty?

Well, only if Arrietty succeeds and the studio doesn't disappear.


Wow, huge news from Japan on Studio Ghibli's upcoming plans thanks to Miyazaki fansite Nausicaa.net. The site has translated and transcribed an interview with the legendary anime director/writer/artist from the September issue of Japan's Cut film magazine that contained oodles of fascinating info. However fascinating, though, it's merely distraction compared to the two big items: Hayao Miyazaki plans to write and direct a sequel to Porco Rosso, but only if The Borrower Arrietty does well and he doesn't dissolve the studio entirely. 
 
That first item made my mouth fall agape, the second damn near caused me to choke. Let's tackle Porco Rosso 2 first. Miyazaki says the film will be called Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie and will take place during the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 1939. His plan is to pitch it as a tragedy to Ghibli head producer Toshio Suzuki, the gatekeeper for what does and doesn't get made at the place. Speaking of this powerful behind-the-scenes personality, Suzuki is also the man, Miyazaki states, charged with drawing up and implementing a dissolution plan for the studio should Arrietty "fail." What connotes failure isn't made clear, but if they do judge it to be a flop then the studio will cease production on all projects and pare down to a tiny number of staff who will manage copyrights of their existing products. 
 
Dissolution seems inexplicably harsh considering the studio's past decade has only had one critical flop and several sparkling successes, not to mention their truly illustrious history. I know, I know--I fawn. But titles like Porco Rosso are fawn-worthy things. With the old man behind the production there's a very good shot that it'll be at least as magical as the first.
WarlordPayneon Aug. 23, 2010 at 4:10 p.m.
If one failed movie would cause them to shut down they must be horribly mismanaged.  With the success of some of their other films they should be able to eat a flop or two.  I suppose it could have less to do with money and be more about him being pissed at having a film flop, he does seem like a somewhat grouchy guy. 
 
Also, hasn't he "retired" after every movie since Princess Mononoke?  This may just be Miyazaki saying stuff.
Dream moderator is online on Aug. 23, 2010 at 6 p.m.
I find the talk of a Porco Rosso sequel a bit odd considering Hayao Miyazaki hasn't been a fan of making sequels to his earlier films.
JackSukeruon Aug. 24, 2010 at 3:19 p.m.
I watched Porco Rosso for the first time a few weeks ago, it was pretty great, might rewatch it in Japanese sometime. 
 
Still haven't seen NausicaƤ, even though I have the DVD laying around, maybe I should get to that soon. 
 
As for the studio closing down, that would be wierd I guess but I don't think I care much either way atm. I haven't seen a lot of Ghibli's films.
Kelleth moderator on Aug. 24, 2010 at 5:11 p.m.
@Dream: They did do the Cat Returns that technically counts as a sequel
Dream moderator is online on Aug. 24, 2010 at 6:57 p.m.
@Kelleth: Hayao Miyazaki never directed The Cat Returns and Whisper of the Heart.
Kelleth moderator on Aug. 25, 2010 at 4:20 a.m.
@Dream:  I meant Ghibli not Miyazaki if i meant him i would have said ''he'' not ''they'' my point was that Ghibli unlike Miyazaki does do sequels, so maybe they changed his mind

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