Hayao Miyazaki may be officially retired, but his films will live on forever. Mostly in their own form but, in some cases, as reimaginings. Princess Mononoke was a stage play and on March 1 2014, a live-action remake of Kiki’s Delivery Service will hit screens in Japan. Takashi Shimizu, who directed the original versions of The Grudge, is at the helm and Fuka Koshiba is playing Kiki. The film has full Studio Ghibli approval, but of course wasn’t made by them. A full trailer is now out and you can check it out below. Read More »
The idea of a live-action remake of one of the movies by animation master Hayao Miyazaki might not be very appealing no matter who wants to make it, even if the project is based on one of the director’s projects that is best positioned for live-action.
But what about the idea of Miyazaki himself contributing to a live-action companion to one of his films?
Both of these ideas are now realities, with Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge) confirmed to direct a live-action version of the coming-of-age story Kiki’s Delivery Service, in which a young witch develops her skills and sense of self-worth after moving to a new town. Miyazaki, meanwhile, contributed a kaiju design for a live-action short that essentially acts as prequel to his early film Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Read More »