Evangelion Live Action Movie
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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].”
Source: IGN: Weta Head hopes to Co-produce Evangelion
Thanks to Chris Davis and ‘The Dit’
Fortune.com have just recently published an article entitled “Animé Explosion”.
“From Pokémon to Full Metal Panic, the animé industry is doing everything the rest of show biz isn’t: embracing technology, coddling fans—and making a killing.”
Daniel Roth discusses the current state of the animé industry in the west, the approach to piracy, new technology and fanatical otaku. The article centres on John Ledford, CEO of AD Vision; primarily his business strategies, his encounters with fans at his door at 2am and of course, the live action Evangelion movie. The article goes on to mention fan-subbers, the entertainment industry and various ADV acquisitions. In discussing otaku (extreme animé fanatics), Roth gives brief mention of the live action evangelion situation:
“Since 2003 [Ledford’s] been shopping the idea of making a live-action version of Neon Genesis Evangelion, […] Ledford signed on the Weta Companies, […] to come up with plans for what the Evangelion world might look like. But instead of micromanaging the project, Ledford had Weta answer to two Evangelion fanatics at his company.”
Through badgering and extensive communication with Weta it shows that ADV are taking this film very seriously. This isn’t going to be a cheap knock off; ADV simply cannot afford to offend the great majority of their customers. And to that means it seems they want to do things right, with or without Hideaki Anno.
“Richard Taylor, Weta’s co-founder, says he’s never experienced anything quite like it. Twice a week he’d have a conference call with the fans at ADV, sending them renderings of his designs for things like the 100-foot-tall robots and getting in return their encyclopedic take on the interpretations. “These are people who could be considered scholars on the world of Evangelion,” says Taylor. “We had to appease them and find their approval.”
It follows on to mention a meeting between Taylor and a proposed producer at the San Diego Comic-Con in an attempt to ‘jump-start’ the production. Budgeting is also mentioned and it seems ADV has raised $100m of the $120 million they need.
The fans are also making themselves heard – a lot. Even more so than those who enjoyed Lord of the Rings:
“We get a lot of e-mails, a lot of letters from people around the world about Lord of the Rings. But we get 25 e-mails about Evangelion to every one we get about Lord of the Rings,” says Taylor. “And Evangelion has not even been made yet.”
A fan even consulted Taylor during his meeting with the producer, asking whether or not anything was being done about the movie:
Taylor turned to the producer and said, “This is why we have to do this movie.”
Thanks to Derek
This past October, at Supanova, Australia’s pop culture convention, Matt Greenfield of ADV Films, and Richard Taylor of WETA Workshop spoke about the prospects of Live Action Evangelion.
You can download podcasts of the panels below:
Skip to 19:00 for Live Action Evangelion.
Skip to 22:00 for Live Action Evangelion.
From Active Animé:
“On August 7 of this year, we informed all of you that the live action adaptation of Evangelion was alive and well, and that the information that we received came from ADV Films David Del Rio.
“This time around, I asked the same question to Matt Greenfield right after the Godannar screening. As we all know, Matt Greenfield is the one that’s heading the live action adaptation project of Evangelion.
“When I ask Matt, he gave me an enthusiastic thumb up, and said “Yes”. He added the he is planning of visiting Weta Workshop to find out what project they’re currently working on, and to see if there are changes to be made while in New Zealand in October.”
Active Animé have posted a small news snippet discussing the ongoing development of the Evangelion movie after meeting with Del Rio, Creative Director for ADV Films.
He says that the movie is still Live and well and that ADV are taking their time to make sure the movie is as envisioned. It also mentions that Weta are currently busy with King Kong, but apparently there may be some changes to the concept art once production begins. Del Rio is also hoping for a 2/3 movie deal.
There hasn’t really been any substantial news concerning the live action Evangelion movie. As we all by now know, this is due to the stringent and secretive process of signing a director for this project. Contracts, interviews, shortlists and talks have to be made and all three parties involved must be happy with the final decision. Until then no one can make any sort of public declaration or provide any news that would get us all excited or riled with anger.
“Galaxy Animé” ( http://www.gatv.tv/ ) have just recently put up an interview with David Williams, currently an ADR Director for ADV Films as well as DVD Producer. The interview is in a windows media player streamed audio format and takes place following his panel at a recent convention. The interview talks about the down swing of the animé industry over the past six months, new ‘gateway’ shows, the upcoming releases and how the industry is on its way back up. The interview wraps up with a brief talk concerning the live action adaptation. To summarise he states that there is nothing new to talk about and that they are in negotiations with a particular director. Should this director sign and take on the project and Gainax, ADV and Weta all agree with the decision, then the ball will be set rolling and we may get some real news.
While still nothing exciting, it does show that behind the scenes cogs are still working and that things have advanced from a mere shortlist of directors. Forums members are also talking about some more positive and less neutral replies to the bombardment of emails sent to ADV suggesting that significant news is just over the horizon. We’ll see. (Thanks Triston Ordway)
Trivial Being forum member Legion has picked up the latest issue of Neo, a british animé publication. The full article scan can be found here: .
To summarise the article, it simply states that the live action evangelion project is currently on hold according to the Weta website (we already knew this). No major news, just an announcement in print.
Nick Buras has kindly informed me that Weta have updated their website and have included the Neon Genesis Evangelion live action movie as a ‘current project’:
Weta Workshop Eva Project Page
As for the status of the project, which everyone has been concerned due to the lack of any formidable news: UNDER DEVELOPMENT -
QUOTE: “Weta has been designing a live-action adaptation of Neon Genesis: Evangelion. The film is on hold but it is Weta’s hope that it will enjoy getting to work on the film production of this amazing story in the near future.”
The site also contains a flash representation of all their concept work so far, no pictures that cannot be found here although it does confirm that they created the rogue image found only in a japanese newtype magazine, (Image). In the image descriptions the characters are given their correct titles.
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