Taking questions at during a premiere of anime feature Mai Mai Miracle at AM2 convention, Masao Maruyama and director Sunao Katabuchi (Black Lagoon) commented on how Madhouse plans to handle Satoshi Kon's incomplete final work, Yume Miru Kikai (Dreaming Machine).
Via AnimeNews.biz, Maruyama responded
“I’ll refrain from commenting on that. I’ll comment anyway though” *Laughs* “Since Satoshi is gone it’s very difficult to continue that project. No matter how many years it takes, we’re going to fund the film and risk working on it. He will make sure on his life that he works for it.”
Highly regardly anime director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent, Paprika) passed away of pancreatic cancer in August of 2010. In 2009, he described his final project
"The title will be Yume-Miru Kikai. In English, it will be The Dream Machine. On the surface, it's going to be a fantasy-adventure targeted at younger audiences. However, it will also be a film that people who have seen our films up to this point will be able to enjoy. So it will be an adventure that even older audiences can appreciate. There will be no human characters in the film; only robots. It'll be like a "road movie" for robots."