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Excellent fan art October 7th, 2006

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

Newtype Japan hypes Evangelion Scoop August 11th, 2006

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.

New Weta Workshop Concept Art May 31st, 2006

“Plug insert options on EVA 2″ — By Stephen Crowe — Copy­right Weta Workshop

“Line draw­ing show­ing the pro­file of EVA 2″
By Greg Broad­more — Copy­right Weta Work­shop
This is a close up of an image pre­vi­ously seen within a unit 2 pro­file shot.

Some encouragement from Boston May 29th, 2006

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

Thanks Camarokris

Matt Greenfield at Tekkoshocon April 28th, 2006

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.


CHUD interview Richard Taylor April 1st, 2006

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:

Alive and well (part 3) February 9th, 2006

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.

February Issue of Animé Insider January 29th, 2006

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’”

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