Don’t expect a Hollywood version of NausicaÃ¤. But as NHK reports, Hayao Miyazaki has turned down that offer. But you can look forward to a kabuki adaptation this December.
Keiko Niwa, who has written several Ghibli films, is penning the script.
In the past few years, several well-known manga, including One Piece, have been adapted into kabuki plays. A live-action version of NausicaÃ¤, however, seemed unlikely.
“For Miyazaki, out of all the various works he’s done, NausicaÃ¤ is the most important,” said Studio Ghibli producer Toshi Suzuki at a press conference for the kabuki version (via Jiji Press).
The NausicaÃ¤ of the Valley of the Wind manga ran from 1982 and 1994. An feature animated version was released in 1984.Â
Talks about a kabuki version of NausicaÃ¤ began several years back. “I thought he was going to be put off by it,” Suzuki said. “There had been various requests to do a live-action version, even from Hollywood. He turned them all down.”
Knowing how important NausicaÃ¤ is for Miyazaki, Suzuki was willing to offer Princess Mononoke, instead, thinking that it would be suitable for kabuki. Previously, Studio Ghibli okayed a Princess Mononoke stage version that debuted in London in 2013.
But this time, Miyazaki gave the green light for NausicaÃ¤. However, he had two stipulations. “First, he said that he didn’t want the title of NausicaÃ¤ changed,” said Suzuki. “That’s what he said. Second, he would not offer assistance to press events and whatnot.”
The kabuki version will run from December 6 to 25 in Tokyo.Â
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