Hayao Miyazaki Turned Down A Number Of Hollywood Live-Action Offers

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Hayao Miyazaki has become a household name in the animated movie industry, creating films like My Neighbor Totoro, Ponyo, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky and so many others. These animated films have earned a lot of love and acclaim from fans and from the filmmaking industry, so much so that some have been hoping that Miyazaki might translate these movies into live-action projects.

However, the animated film auteur has no interest in directing live-action projects, even when Hollywood makes grand offers.


According to Sora News 24, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki recently appeared at a conference for the Kabuki Adaptation of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. The Kabuki live-action adaptation surprised fans, however, the project is mostly taking notes from the manga, not the film. During his speech at the conference, Suzuki admits that Miyazaki gave his approval to the Kabku live-action version of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind when he denied several pitches from Hollywood.

"[Miyazaki] turned them all down, and I thought he wouldn't like the idea of a kabuki play either, but he was willing," the producer revealed.

Miyazaki only had two conditions for the Kabuki adaptation. One was that the project retains the name. It might seem like a simple request, but a few decades ago the US had a theatrical release for Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and released it under the name Warriors of the Wind. Not only that, but they also cut more than 20 minutes of the movie, shifting its tone. In the end, Warriors of the Wind panned.

Now, it looks like Miyazaki still doesn't like the idea of Hollywood live-action adaptations of his films.

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