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.
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.
UPDATE: The issue, although not out yet, has surfaced on the internet with full page scans, albeit in japanese of course. Whilst no live action movie scoop, the news is still very big and concerns a “rebuilding” of Evangelion in the form of 4 new movies, the first due out next Summer (in Japan). A large amount of new material is expected in this project entitled “Evangelion Shin Gekijou Ban”. Check out our forum thread for all the details: Newtype Scans Discussion
Just a quick note to say that the next Newtype issue will contain a big scoop concerning Evangelion (or so is advertised in Japan’s September issue), whether this pertains to the live action movie is unsure. However given that a big announcement is due it is quite possible we may hear some substantial and important news concerning the movie within the next month. Let’s cross our fingers.
Some speculation as to what else it could be includes a possible new Hideaki Anno project as rumored at ANN.
For further rumors and discussion concerning the “scoop” Eva Monkey makes some good points with particular reference to the possibility of new Evangelion animé.
Nothing new to see, just more confirmation that everything is still being worked upon behind the scenes, as announced at the Animé Boston 2006 expo:
“ADV also made several confirmations during the panel. The biggest and most exciting of them all was that the Live Action Evangelion Movie is confirmed and is going through pre-production.” -Krazy Gamers
Well there hasn’t been much news of late and many of us still have our fingers crossed, others are praising and remain hopeful the movie will never see the light of day. A lot of visitors have submitted the latest comments from Matt Greenfield which have appeared at Active Animé. He stated that half of the movies’ budget had been raised and that three ‘top A list directors’ were inline and competing for the chance to direct. Still no idea as to when production will start, mainly due to Weta Workshop’s involvement in the Halo movie live action adaptation which will soon commence.
In February’s Animé Insider there is a small Article on The Eva Movie. It doesn’t seem to have any new info but I belive it’s the latest printed material on it. Here’s a quote.
“The Project has moved slowly in the years since, but ADV remains committed. According to a recent article in Fortune magazine, ADV has raised half of the $120 million deemed necessary for the film, and Weta’s Oscar-winning visual-effects artist Richard Taylor has professed his sincere desire to see a live-action Evangelion. The film may be far from finished, but ADV President John Ledford maintains that it’s still very much alive.
’It would be foolish to speculate on when we’ll be ready to move forward, since it’s not so much a matter of raising money but making sure all the other pieces are in place,’ stated Ledford. ‘It’s maddening for the fans, but that’s the way it works’”
IGN have published an article concerning the live action evangelion movie adaptation. It focuses on Richard Taylor, head of Weta Workshop, and his thoughts and plans for the movie.
Taylor: “I’ve just been to Japan pursuing this, […] I think that is the great untold story to the world. It is sublime. It is arguably some of the most beautiful and poignant animation ever created, and a huge percentage of the pop culture world now know it, but only through a live-action feature film will it transcend that and receive the recognition for the art piece that it is.”
Richard Taylor, who views the animé as an exquisite art piece wants this film to be made right — so much so that he himself will guide the production and oversee the entire process.
“Now, actually achieving it as a live-action feature film is extremely difficult to imagine. Technologically, sure, it’s doable. But at an esoteric, universe level, it is an unbelievably impacting and dramatic story concept. [It’s got] pseudo-religious overtones, and all these wonderful motifs are woven into it. It’s something that you can generate over 26 hours of animation, but trying to encapsulate that down into a feature film would be a massive challenge. But … with the right director, I think it could be a very beautiful movie. …And that’s my big pursuit at the moment. I’ve put an awful lot of energy into it.”
With a man like this behind the wheel we should all have some confidence. Taylor is dedicated to the cause and he is unlikely to sell out or make unimaginable blunders as this film is a direct representation of his company. But most importantly he is somebody that loves the original animé; this Evangelion film could still be something great.
“We’ll be blessed just to work on it. But it would be an opportunity for us to look at it at a different level if [Weta helped produce the movie].”