Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki reveals in a television interview that the company will undergo significant changes as part of its restructuring plan, which may include dismantling its production department.
Rumors have swirled in the past few weeks that Studio Ghibli will stop making new movies altogether and will focus squarely on managing the copyrights of the films they’ve already released.
These details came from an alleged insider from Ghibli, who was quoted by the Japanese website News Cafe as saying that, “There’s no choice but to dissolve the studio, because it’s unable cross the high hurdle of announcing a new film on an annual basis.”
However, Suzuki denies the rumors and clarifies that, “It is by no means impossible to keep producing [movies] forever. However, we will take a brief pause to consider where to go from here.”
Suzuki also says that its restructuring efforts aims to “create an environment for the next generation” of viewers and fans.
Suzuki stepped down as Ghibli‘s producer earlier this year to become its general manager, coming on the heels of the retirement of the studio’s renowned director and co-founder Hayao Miyazaki last year.