News seems a little quiet at the moment, so in the meantime I thought I might treat you to some fan art based upon WETA’s original concept images. This is really quite good, and may in all likelihood appear in my inbox in a few weeks claiming to be genuine WETA, as did that movie poster by Shok Xone Studios.
This image is by r7ll and a large version can be found Here
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
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.
No new news here, which is the same story everywhere I am afraid. However here are some signs of adaption integrity and Taylor’s words are encouraging:
Q: So King Kong was Peter’s dream project since he was a child. Is there a dream project you have?
Taylor: There are many ideas that I would love to one day bring to fruition, but I respectfully put them on the back burner while we develop other people’s ideas. But right now probably my greatest desire is to see Neon Genesis Evangelion come to life. I’ve been working on that nearly four years with ADV, the people who own the rights to the live action film. We’ve traveled to Japan, we’ve met the original creators, we have done development work on it. I believe Evangelion, to the Asian market, could be up there with the Lord of the Rings.
Q: What is the current status of that film?
Taylor: I don’t honestly know, but that’s not to say that it won’t happen. Everyone’s intentions is to see it happen. It’s a very, very complex property to bring to the world cinema because of its incredible following. It has to be done, hopefully, with great sensitivity and aesthetically with utter perfection. That requires time and thought.
Has it really been four years? My how time flies. If you want to read the full article here is the link: CHUD.com
Thanks to all those who submitted this.
And here’s a fun age-old video interview with Mr. Taylor:
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’”