This is a site about the live action movie of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Dedicated to everything new on this upcoming project. We support the project, providing it doesn't turn into one long CGI Hollywood Action-fest, which would quite obviously ruin the beauty of the NGE series - "taint" is the word. However ignoring that fact, if this movie can build on the genius that is Evangelion, the movie shall be a supreme one, most certainly worth watching.
Ohayocon attendee Chris Adkins has been in touch to inform us that the studio discussions and fight for final rights of the Evangelion adaptation properties are in the midst of taking place, with everything still going ahead given the success of that other big robot movie, Transformers. Joseph Cho is in charge of the the Gainax/Studio relations and Matt Greenfield is hoping for some official announcements sometime in the next 9 months.
It certainly is good to see some news, but we really want that announcement ASAP, we’re all still waiting with bated breath.
The News: In an Evangelion panel at the Ohayocon animé convention in Columbus Ohio on January 30th, ADV director Matt Greenfield announced that several U.S. studios are competing for final rights to the project, meaning that actual production should begin soon. The delay on the project is due largely to the Transformers movie: The studios wanted to make sure that a “giant robot” movie would appeal to an American audience. The negotiations between the U.S. studios and Gainax are being handled by Joseph Cho, who assisted in the production of “Appleseed: Ex Machina”, an animated film based on the Appleseed series, so Mr. Cho has previous experience in dealing with studio types.
Matt Greenfield estimates that an official announcement, including naming the studio, the director, and perhaps casting information, would be made within the next 9 months.
According to one of our forum members, zandor117, who was present at the ADV panel at Animé Weekend Atlanta, ADV’s David Williams said that the Evangelion live action movie is now moving into production. We have seen no other report, even though the same panel was used to announce several animé licenses that have been reported by reputable animé news sources.
According to zandor117, this is what was said:
Questioner: “Is there anything new about the EVA movie?”
David Williams: “The EVA movie is now in Production”
Questioner: “Can you tell us the director?”
David Williams: “I am not allowed to say that yet.”
ADV has not yet commented further.
While this does not seem like full production (i.e. filming actors) or even fully fledged pre-production like set building, the main concrete news seems to be that a director has signed on, moving the project beyond the proposal and development phase. Previously, negotiations were under way with a shortlist of directors who had expressed an interest, but the decision had not been made yet.
Our friends over at Animestation.net, have posted a marathon interview session with Matt Greenfield which took place a few days ago at Animé North.
The Evangelion live action stuff starts at the end of video 2. In video 3 you’ll learn about Weta’s involvement, designs for “shell retrieval” vehicles and Greenfield’s projected time frame. A great interview all around.
Trivial Being minion darthikari attended a panel at Animé Central (acen) this weekend. When the Evangelion live action project came up, Matt Greenfield said that the movie is still happening, and that Weta and undisclosed “big names” are still on board, but that he could still not announce any details.
The only news here is that the status of the Evangelion live action movie(s) seems unchanged by the announement of the four-movie animated re-make by Gainax.
Anatael is back with a new incarnation. He has spent the last couple of months working on a new Evangelion teaser trailer. As fan efforts typically go, this is something to behold. See if you can spot Asuka, Rei, etc. Without further adieu:
Continuing on the theme of the previous post, here are some fan made live action Neon Genesis Evangelion movie trailers built from the clips of a few well known movies. They are put together pretty well and I’ll leave you to work out who is cast as each character: