You did not read ‘it’ here first. Nor did you read about it at any other website, such as Cartoon Leap or Anime News Network. In fact, you did not read ‘it’ at all. If you want to know what ‘it’ is, and therefore begin walking the path to further Kyo-ani/Kadokawa uneasiness, then read on…
According to Anime News Network, director Mamoru Hosada claimed he was given an offer to direct the up and coming Disappearance film, but he never formally accepted, and as such was overlooked. Past anime flics directed by Hosada include Summer Wars and The Girl Who Lept Through Time, both of which have similar story elements to our beloved Haruhi.
I have to say that this is disappointing, because The Girl Who Lept Through Time has been on my must see/buy list for a while now, and Summer Wars will also be mine as soon as I can get my hands on a DVD release. I believe if anyone could blow a large breath of fresh air into the Haruhi franchise, then this could of been the man for the job. Unfortunately, the people at the helm of the Disappearance film seem to think otherwise.
At a whopping two and a half hours in run time, the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is going to need an excellent production team, and while I would like to have all the confidence in the world with Kadokawa, I can’t help but wonder if letting Hosada slide was a good idea. I mean, come on! Just think about the lost opportunity!
–Via Anime News Network