A little while back, we brought you the rumor that the Studio Ghibli feature Kiki’s Delivery Service was being made into a live-action film, with Japanese horror director Takashi Shimizu on board to direct. Original details were sketchy, but with the announcement made today, brought to us by Japanverse, the rumors are now confirmed.
Takashi Shimizu will direct a live-action Kiki’s Delivery Service, but Studio Ghibli will not be involved in the production. When asked of their possible involvement, the production company denied any involvement in the live action film slated for Spring 2014.
Kiki’s Delivery Service will be based on the first two volumes in the series Majo no Takkyūbin, both written by Eiko Kadono and later adapted into the animated movie from Hayao Miyazaki. Kind of a let down, but it’s unlikely that any studio would license their concepts to be used in a film they have absolutely no involvement in.
Don’t fret, Studio Ghibli has it’s own live action short in the works. You can look forward to giant robot action, and this one is actually produced by Studio Ghibli.
Originally played in theaters along with Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, the nine minute short Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo, is actually the studio’s first live-action effort. Featuring a monster design by Miyazaki (seen above) the short has been pulled due to a copyright claim by the studio, so watch it while you thanks to our friends at Dread Central before it’s too late.
According to SugarKat:
“Kyoshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru” (Giant God Warriors Appear in Tokyo) is a short Tokusatsu movie created as a promotional video for the “TOKUSATSU – Special Effects Exhibition” at “TOKUSATSU – Special Effects Museum”, which has Anno Hideaki (Eva’s director) as museum director, in Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. The movie was proposed to be shown with “Evangelion 3.0” by Suzuki Toshio and Anno Hideaki agreed with that. As a movie version, its pictures and sounds will we re-modified and it has the total length of 10:07 minutes. The movie features “Kyoshinhei” (Giant God Warriors) from “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” and it was made to show the fascination and the fun of Miniature Tokusatsu.”
At least we know what a can be done with the studio’s help, just think of what they can do if they were to do a live-action film.