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.
You can see the Animestation.net YouTube account here.
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.
More info on the ADV panel (without the live action news) here: ANN: Animé Central 2007: ADV Films
Discussion thread: acen update
I watched this video of a panel from Tekkoshocon, and I’m surprised to say that the word on the Live Action Evangelion Project seems pretty good. I’ve had severe hesitations, and have on more than one occasion acted as a sort of harbinger of doom in regards to the project, convinced that there is no way in hell that the project would amount in anything of significance or worth. Based upon some of what is being said by Greenfield, I’m starting to think differently. His statements about how the project is currently progressing are actually quite impressive, and make me somewhat at ease to know that at the very least, some amazing talent will go into realizing this project. I’m still skeptical as to whether or not the production can or will capture the same essence of what Anno expressed through Evangelion a decade ago. Nevertheless, it seems like something to keep an eye on in the coming months more than ever, as Greenfield ultimately states that a director will most likely be signed on by the end of the year. Very exciting times appear to be ahead in the Live Action Evangelion Project.
Here are some notes in brief from the panel in regards to the project:
- Matt Greenfield says that Weta approached ADV about approaching Gainax to do a live action Eva movie.
- Three “A List” directors that are also fans of Evangelion approached ADV about the project, not the other way around.
- Greenfield talks about getting their pitch package together and that “the first thing is Robin Williams talking about Evangelion”, who is apparently a big Evangelion fan, and the appearance of the Mass Production Eva toy in One Hour Photo is entirely his doing.
- Celebrities have been inquiring directly to ADV about being involved in Live Action Evangelion.
- The director to be signed will most likely be the first to have room in their schedule.
- Greenfield acknowledges the uncertainty of the final product due to the nature of film making being driven by the director.
- The slug script was written by a well known writer who has written several well known sci-fi movies. The slug script will be re-written to fit the tastes and vision of the director selected.
- Greenfield acknowledges that the children will most likely be age appropriate. The kids will be picked and then the adults will be cast to work well with the children.
- Tiffany Grant asserts that Weta gets 20 times more email about Evangelion than Lord of the Rings.
- Greenfield says a director will most likely be signed by the end of the year.
- Greenfiled says they don’t want to make it for profit, but because they want to do it, and they want to do it right, and do it justice in the same way that Lord of the Rings did.
Just got this email, an interesting read, nothing new, A-list directors:
I don’t think anybody is officially covering O-Chibicon this weekend (being a newbie con and small), but
it does so happen that ADV is headquartered in Houston, TX.
ADV, apart from other events they did there, also had a 2 hour panel which included Matt Greenfield, Janice Williams,
Tiffany Grant and other ADV staff.
Most of the stuff they covered had already been posted at other cons, but there was, I believe, some new information.
Below are some of the questions and answers of interest I covered with Mr. Greenfield:
Q: “Matt, assuming I have my information correct, you are a producer [live action Evangelion]. Will you
be making a cameo in the film? Traditionally this is the case [for producers]
Matt commented on what seemed to be an inside joke on his possible appearance in the film, but he did directly comment on:
“We are definitely trying to have all of the VAs involved in the film. Both Japanese and American voice actors.
We hope each one can have a cameo of some sort. Of course, this will all depend when we actually get
closer to the project [production]. Scheduling and so forth.”
When answering questions on the film, he reiterated, as he did in other cons and venues, that actors are not currently
being seriously considered as the project is in its earliest pre-production. He cited the kids from Harry Potter as a good example of what can happen in a few years.
He did comment directly on:
“Before any of that we need a Director. We are currently talking to 7 to 8 directors. These guys are all ‘A lists’”
He went on to say that, of course, casting choices would be made by the Director.
I pointedly asked:
Q: “Matt, what kind of financial risk will the live action Evangelion be to ADV films?”
Matt went on to say, more or less, that it is not a financial risks because IT IS Evangelion.
He believes that the high production values of Weta, the passion for the project and its worldwide
following will guarantee its success.
(Personally, I asked the above question because I fear that if the film does flop it could bankrupt ADV, but anyhow.)
I hope some of the above stuff is useful.
Fernando Gonzalez Jr.
Originally posted by forum member YUNA. Thanks Yuna.
Complete Article Here
At “A Weekend With Tomino”, Matthew Greenfield was asked a series of questions regarding the live action evangelion movie. Yuna has posted a transcript of this question & answer session which can be found on the link above.
In summary; Matt states his reasons as to why no thoughts on cast memebers have been aired yet — particularly because they may be perfect now, but when filming actually starts they may not be (due to ageing). He also goes on to talk about Laurence Fishburne. With regards to storyline he mentions that the movie will stay true to some things but quite obviously not everything. (He really reveals a lot! — sarcasm). Oh and Asuka won’t kill whordes of angels.