A Porco Rosso sequel may be in works from Hayao Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli. Interviewed recently in Cut Magazine, Hayao Miyazaki spoke of two projects he would like to get off the ground. One of them is The Last Sortie, a sequel to Porco Rosso. Sounds good to me but I would rather see another Princess Mononoke or Castle in the Sky. I am glad that Miyazaki is not retiring anytime soon.
Miyazaki aims to develop two films over the next three years (as in preparing a project proposal paper, forming the staff, and writing a script). Rookie directors may helm the film productions.
On one hand, Miyazaki has some thoughts for what he’d like to do if his home base at Studio Ghibli flourishes with its next slate of films. A “Last Sortie” follow up to 1992’s Porco Rosso is on his mind. That more adult mind animated movie followed a once World War I fighter face living as a pig faced bounty hunter on the Adriatic Sea.
“I’m not thinking about a movie of a girl.”
“I think that I must think about only a movie of a boy.”
“I do not need to make a movie if it is not a tragic story of a boy.”
“So I want to escape to “Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie”. I have all its materials.”
“It should be interesting.”
“It is set for Spanish Civil War.”
“If next two films succeed and [studio president Toshio] Suzuki-san lets me make it (Porco) while saying, ‘It cannot be helped because it’s a hobby of the old man’, I’m happy. It’s my hobby.”
I am glad there is still hand-drawn animation out there, especially the complex, colorful kind that Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli produce. What do you think of the latest Miyazaki news?