There hasn’t really been any substantial news concerning the live action Evangelion movie. As we all by now know, this is due to the stringent and secretive process of signing a director for this project. Contracts, interviews, shortlists and talks have to be made and all three parties involved must be happy with the final decision. Until then no one can make any sort of public declaration or provide any news that would get us all excited or riled with anger.
“Galaxy Animé” ( http://www.gatv.tv/ ) have just recently put up an interview with David Williams, currently an ADR Director for ADV Films as well as DVD Producer. The interview is in a windows media player streamed audio format and takes place following his panel at a recent convention. The interview talks about the down swing of the animé industry over the past six months, new ‘gateway’ shows, the upcoming releases and how the industry is on its way back up. The interview wraps up with a brief talk concerning the live action adaptation. To summarise he states that there is nothing new to talk about and that they are in negotiations with a particular director. Should this director sign and take on the project and Gainax, ADV and Weta all agree with the decision, then the ball will be set rolling and we may get some real news.
While still nothing exciting, it does show that behind the scenes cogs are still working and that things have advanced from a mere shortlist of directors. Forums members are also talking about some more positive and less neutral replies to the bombardment of emails sent to ADV suggesting that significant news is just over the horizon. We’ll see. (Thanks Triston Ordway)