Studio Ghibli Denies Involvement in Rumored Live-Action Kiki's Delivery Service Film

There's a rumor that Kiki's Delivery Service is being turned into a live-action film. The rumor, via Twitch, stated that Ju-On and The Grudge director Shimizu Takashi would be helming the picture. And now, Studio Ghibli has commented on the matter.

Speaking with Japanese site Cinema Today, Studio Ghibli denied involvement, saying, "This doesn't have anything to do with us."

Kiki's Delivery Service was originally a book that was released in 1985 in Japan. Studio Ghibli turned it into an anime in 1989.

Cinema Today contacted the book's publisher, Fukuinkan Shoten, who replied, "We cannot comment." The publisher, however, acknowledged that there were plans a few years ago to turn the original source material into a Hollywood film, but added, "It never materialized."

Back in 2005, reports stated that Disney was planning a live-action Kiki's Delivery Service based on the book. From Disney to The Grudge director rumors—now that's quite a leap.

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