“Kiki’s Delivery Service” is a lesser known animated film from Studio Ghibli, the same studio that gave the world films such as “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke.” There’s been a rumor, first mentioned by Twitch, about a live-action adaptation of “Kiki’s Delivery Service” directed by Shimizu Takashi. Let’s work through this rumor to decide if it could become reality.
Shimizu Takashi Directed ‘The Grudge’ Series
Why would a horror director, and one of the best horror directors the world has had, want to make a light-hearted movie about a girl witch that doesn’t even have many powers? Takashi has never made a film that didn’t even death and fear. About the only thing Takashi’s work and “Kiki’s Delivery Service” have in common is the supernatural element. Does Takashi plan to change the happy family story into a horror tale?
Studio Ghibli Has No Involvement in the Adaptation
When asked about the rumor, according to Kotaku, Studio Ghibli denied any involvement in a “Kiki’s Delivery Service” live-action adaptation. That doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be one. Why would the animation studio have anything to do with it? The company’s specialty is animation, not live-action. If Studio Ghibli doesn’t hold the rights to the story, then someone else can do whatever they want with “Kiki’s Delivery Service.”
The Book Publisher Provides No Comments
“Kiki’s Delivery Service” was based on a book, which would explain why Studio Ghibli doesn’t hold the rights to the story. The publishing company refused to comment on the live-action rumor. That isn’t a no, but it also isn’t a yes. It makes more sense that a live-action version of “Kiki’s Delivery Service” be based on the book and not a remake of the slightly different Studio Ghibli film. It also means that the writers can make it a bit scary for Shimizi Takashi.
One thing to note: Back in 2005, it was announced that Disney was going to make a live-action adaptation of the book. It never happened, obviously, but could this rumor somehow be connected?
Why ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ and Not a Different Studio Ghibli Film?
If anyone wants to make money with a live-action version of a Studio Ghibli film then why not choose “Spirited Away” or “Howl’s Moving Castle”? Why choose a film that many people don’t know and has a very simple plot? It could be because the writers, and director Shimizi Takashi, want to shake up the simple story. It could be because that way fans won’t be in an uproar, but enough fans will take interest. It could because that means a smaller budget because the movie won’t need tons of CGI or other costly items.
Is it possible that the “Kiki’s Delivery Service” live-action film rumor is true? Yes, but so much of the story makes it confusing, especially the horror director part. Until Shimizi Takashi confirms or denies, no one will know for sure.