Recent Internet rumors suggest that the Evangelion movie shall have the budget equal to that of a blockbuster, being roughly of 100 million or more. To compare this with other top movies; The Matrix had a $63 million budget and LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring had a budget of $109 million. It is unknown where such cash is coming from as the income of Animé does not rival that of Hollywood blockbusters.
Like LOTR, the core of the principle photography will be filmed in New Zealand.
Along the lines of a plot and adaptation of the series, recent internet rumors suggest the film will focus on the first half of the 26 episode series — possibly extending the story with a later sequel — all the content covered within NGE is difficult to include yet often too important to miss out.
Gainax are keeping hush hush about details of the flick although they have a busy schedule for the movie and its “promotion”, so expect to find out more saucy details in the coming weeks.
Source: Animé Tourist