Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki has produced plenty of the studio’s classic movies. He recently appeared on the Japanese talk show Bokura no Jidai. During the conversation, actor Hidetaka Yoshioka said that director Takashi Yamazaki wants to make a live-action adaptation of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
Unfortunately, Suzuki says he has to shoot him down on that one. However, Hayao Miyazaki’s most famous student and Evangelion creator, Hideaki Anno, has also expressed his willingness to do a live-action adaptation.
Though he did not say anything specific, it seems to have shut down any other director who wants to make a live-action adaptation of the classic anime movie. Another guest of the talk show, musician Aimyon, said, “Everyone wants to make a live-action version.” To this, Suzuki replied that the guy who directed the original anime, Miyazaki himself, does not want to. And Suzuki should know. After all, he has founded Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki, and has worked with him for decades.
As for Hideaki Anno, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is very close to his own heart. The Shin Godzilla director actually got recognition on the movie as an animator. He worked on the climax, and Suzuki has explained that it took Anno three months to complete the 90-second scene. Having now finished the fourth and final Shin Evangelion movie, Anno is currently working on Shin Ultraman. After that project, he would then move onto another Tokusatsu classic in Shin Kamen Rider.
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Source: RBB Today