Star Wars may be about to go Ghibli-fied after the iconic Japanese animation studio teased a potentially huge partnership with Lucasfilm.
Posting a 15-second teaser on their official Twitter account, Studio Ghibli set the internet on fire by dropping a big hint that they’re working on something Star Wars-related.
Check out the teaser below:
At this stage, we have no idea what the collaboration between the titan companies will be. The teaser video simply shows the logos of the two entertainment giants before it ends, but we’re sure Ghibli and Star Wars fans will be frantically theorizing about what this joint project will be.
And that is certainly the case. Multiple Star Wars and Ghibli fans have already taken to social media, with many making the same connection we have – namely, that Ghibli must be working on a Star Wars movie. If you’re interested, learn more about all the current Star Wars movies and TV series in development by checking out our new Star Wars Movies and TV Shows Explained Guide.
Regardless of what the collaboration actually is, Lucasfilm is clearly open to working with other studios – film and TV production companies or others – in the coming years. Recently, Lucasfilm’s gaming division confirmed that it was developing a new Indiana Jones title with Machine Games, the video game studio behind the Wolfenstein revival. Star Wars: Eclipse, a game set in the High Republic era, is also coming from Quantic Dream. This is alongside Lucasfilm’s growing list of Star Wars TV shows, which are expected to debut on Disney Plus in the next few years.
There are currently three Star Wars TV series slated to arrive in 2023: The Mandalorian season 3, Ahsoka Tano’s standalone series, and The Bad Batch season 2. Other ongoing TV shows include Skeleton Crew and The Acolyte, the latter of which recently went into full production and received a sizable cast update.
As for Studio Ghibli, the legendary Japanese animation company is working on How Do You Live?, their next big movie. Iconic director Hayao Miyazaki is writing and directing, with frequent collaborator Joe Hisaishi producing the score.
Analysis: What could the Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm collaboration be?
Clearly, a partnership between Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm is big news. They are titans of the global entertainment industry, so any kind of collaboration between them would be worth watching.
The most obvious project would be Star Wars-led, with many fans suggesting that an anime-style movie or TV show could be in the works. But what if it’s not that great? Ghibli may simply be making an episode for the second season of Star Wars: Visions, the next entry in the Disney Plus animated anthology show that originally launched in September 2021.
What are the other alternatives? Lucasfilm’s other supporting franchises are Indiana Jones, which is getting a fifth film in 2023, and Willow, which will get its own Disney Plus series (a sequel to the 1988 fantasy film of the same name) on November 30. Perhaps Ghibli is teasing a collaboration with Lucasfilm over one of these IPs. Willow’s fantasy world lends itself to such an anime adaptation, but as Star Wars: Visions has shown, Ghibli could easily turn a universe like Indiana Jones’s into some kind of anime.
Unfortunately, Ghibli’s original tweet gives no indication as to when we’ll find out what he’s teaming up with Lucasfilm for. Hopefully we’ll know something official soon, but until then, we’re pretty sure both companies will be sitting back and enjoying the amount of speculation this tease has already generated.
For more Ghibli-based content, read our ranking of all Studio Ghibli movies to date. Alternatively, read our guide to the best anime worth watching, or find out how to watch Star Wars movies in order.