Studio Ghibli to team up with Lucasfilm for possible Star Wars project

Studio Ghibli, the beloved animation producer behind worldwide hits like Spirited Away, Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro, and Grave of the Fireflies, is teaming up with Lucasfilm, residence to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, for a mysterious new project. On Thursday, the Japanese studio tweeted a cryptic video teaser, with the Lucasfilm and Studio Ghibli logos again to again and… maddeningly nothing else. The video is silent, so there are not any John Williams-penned themes to work from right here.

But suffice it to say, the teaser is almost certainly for an animated project primarily based on a Lucasfilm property, and Star Wars looks as if a secure guess. Lucasfilm and Disney have a number of animated Star Wars sequence, together with the just lately launched Tales of the Jedi and — the almost certainly candidate for Studio Ghibli — Star Wars: Visions. That animated anthology sequence featured work from anime studios Kamikaze Douga, Trigger, Production I.G., and others, and creators Hiroyuki Imaishi (Promare), Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost within the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), Eunyoung Choi (Kaiba, Ping Pong The Animation), and Masahiko Otsuka (FLCL, Gurren Lagann), giving them free rein to inform their very own tales within the Star Wars universe.

A second season of Star Wars: Visions is coming to Disney Plus in spring 2023. And whereas Disney and Lucasfilm haven’t revealed a lot about who’s contributing to it, Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 is pitched as a “global tour, celebrating the incredible animation happening across countries and cultures.”

Polygon has reached out to Lucasfilm for particulars on its collaboration with Studio Ghibli and can replace when the corporate shares extra.


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