Just when you thought he was out, Hayao Mizazaki is working on a new feature film

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Feb 27, 2017, 8:30 AM EST

Hayao Miyazaki, famed director of animated classics like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is totally retired. Do you hear that, world?! RETIRED!

Miyazaki-san will definitely stop working ... just as soon as he's cold in the ground. BUT NOT TODAY!

Yes, despite swearing up and down that, for real this time, you guys, Miyazaki would put directing animated features behind him, he is currently working on a new film.

We already knew Miyazaki would be tackling a short film, Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar), for the Ghibli Museum (dedicated to the works of the animation studio he founded). However, according to Ghibli producer, Toshio Suzuki, Miyazaki's work will not stop there. "Right now in Tokyo, he's putting all his effort into making it," says Suzuki, speaking of the latest animated feature.

Word on the street is that the mystery feature (the details are entirely under wraps at this point) will be released in time for the 2020 Olympic Games that will be held in Japan.

For the record, Princess Mononoke was an idea Hayao Miyazaki had since the '70s, so don't assume this new film will be related to the Olympic Games necessarily. For all we know this movie is based on a dream he had as a child. Or it's a dream a child told him about. Or he had a dream about a child and the child in the dream had a dream within the dream and that's what the movie is about. In any case, we can all look forward to intense Miyazaki tears within the next three years, and that's a beautiful thing.

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