Hi there, estranged moderator Eva Monkey reporting.
This past weekend (Feb. 18–20) I took a trip down to Crystal City to host an Evangelion panel for the Katsucon animé convention. Among other topics we discussed the Live Action Evangelion film.
Please note that the following is an unofficial source and should for now be treated as nothing more than rumor.
One of the attendees claimed to have an associate currently interning in WETA’s prop shop (for lack of a better term). He claimed that WETA artists have produced more than just the conceptual artwork we’ve seen thus far, including some preliminary 3D models and so forth.
Also of interest is that the word around the studio is that Peter Jackson is indeed interested in directing this project, however due to contractual agreements with Universal (?), he is currently tied into working on King Kong, and is unable to head up Live Action Evangelion, and may well be in line or have vouched for Live Action Eva once King Kong’s production closes.
Once again, this is pure unsubstaniated rumor, and should be taken with a grain of salt. The possibility for Peter Jackson’s direction may exist, according to what I was told. However, this is not a credible source and needs further verification.
Due to the lack of news of late, I felt it neccessary, if for no other reason than to give you something to think about.