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Live-Action Version of Neon Genesis Evangelion Planned

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Live-Action Version of Neon Genesis Evangelion Planned

May 21 2003

 

 

 

ADV Films Announces Live-Action Theatrical Version Of Japanese Animated Title Neon Genesis Evangelion

 

Visual Effects By Lord Of The Rings Studio Weta Workshop Ltd.

 

The Most Influential Japanese Animated Series In Modern Times To Come To Life As A Feature Film

 

 

In an announcement sure to make waves in the entertainment industry, ADV Films President and CEO John Ledford today publicly confirmed industry rumors that the firm has acquired the rights to produce, and has already begun development of, a live-action feature-film based on the Japanese animated television series "Neon Genesis Evangelion," a multi-million dollar worldwide franchise and perhaps the most influential anime title in the history of the art form. The project is a collaboration between ADV Films, Gainax and Weta Workshop, Ltd.

 

The Participants ADV Films is the leading producer-distributor of Japanese animation in North America. The Japanese anime and game studio Gainax Network Systems was one of the original production studios responsible for Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Weta Workshop, Ltd. is the New Zealand-based special effects studio that created the effects for Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

 

"The three main players here represent something of a 'dream-team' for a project like this one," said Ledford. "Between the quality and significance of the Gainax title, Weta's industry-leading skill in the creation of special visual effects, and our expertise in the marketing and promotion of anime and anime-related content, this project is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

 

The Story Neon Genesis Evangelion is the story of a reluctant young hero, called upon to pilot an immense robotic weapon in battle against alien invaders. Including both a 26-episode television series and at least two animated motion pictures, Neon Genesis Evangelion has long been both a fan favorite and an extraordinary critical and commercial success, with the worldwide franchise producing many millions of dollars in revenue.

 

Timetable The Neon Genesis Evangelion live-action motion picture is in the earliest stages of development. Ledford confirmed, however, that the timetable is an aggressive one, and that more information on the project is forthcoming.

 

About Weta Workshop, Ltd Founded in 1987 by Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger, Peter Jackson and Jamie Selkirk, Weta is a physical and digital effects company providing creatures, special make-up effects, prosthetics, miniatures, armor, weaponry and digital effects for the film and television industry. Over the past sixteen years the company has provided effects for Jackson's Meet the Feebles, Braindead (aka Dead Alive), Heavenly Creatures, The Frighteners, and The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, as well as for advertisements and television shows including the popular Hercules and Xena series. At the height of production on The Lord of the Rings, Weta Workshop employed 150 physical effects technicians and 350 digital effects technicians at Weta Digital. Weta's work on The Lord of the Rings has garnered worldwide praise including two Academy Awards in 2002 (for Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup), and one in 2003 (for Best Visual Effects). The British Academy has also honored Weta's work by awarding two BAFTAs in 2002 (for Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup) and two more in 2003 (for Best Visual Effects and Best Costume).

 

About Gainax Gainax was founded in 1984. It began as a corps of amateur filmmakers, centered around current company president Hiroyuki Yamaga and anime director Hideaki Anno. Their first work, Wings of Honneamise, continues to garner praise worldwide. Gainax's highly original style of filmmaking spans the generations, appealing to fans both young and old. 1995's Neon Genesis Evangelion whipped up an anime fever of extraordinary proportions, receiving attention not only from anime fans, but also from many other corners of society. Hideaki Anno, who directed Neon Genesis Evangelion, commands respect from even the likes of Spirited Away director Hayao Miyazak

 

 

 

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better be damn good

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this is definitely going to be wierd.

 

are they going to use grown-ups to play as shinji, asuka, and rei or teens?

 

*currently listening to evergreen terrace's enjoy the silence cover*

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Originally posted by Spike

If they use teens, then whoever is playing Rei is gonna be a child porn star.

 

how so? they just need a good-looking chick to play as her. :p

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The sheer amount of fan-service in Evangelion is enough to turn her into a porn star, and let's not even get started on End of Evangelion. Seriously though, I can't see it working. You can never get live action versions of animated things to work, because.. well.. they just don't look the same! They just end up looking like slightly more sophisticated cosplayers.

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Originally posted by Spike

They just end up looking like slightly more sophisticated cosplayers.

yeah, that's true.

 

what i want to see is blade of the immortal turned into a black and white anime

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Originally posted by Spike

... I can't see it working. You can never get live action versions of animated things to work, because.. well.. they just don't look the same...

I feel you. I'm curious to see how they are planning to pull this off.

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You gotta be shittin' me.

I love Ninja Scroll...

...but, sadly, the live-action series might not be as ill.

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Bout to get off topic....

 

IT may SUCK......But you have to admit it picks at your curiosity, and I would really like to see how it develops, I mean such possibilities, if handled well could be real amazing, they of course could bomb and ruin what you though of it!!

Anyways I thought this was interesting, also slated for Live-Action Movie development,

 

AKIRA: Warner Bros announced plans for it and had a director and script submissions, dropped the director had some changes but a Rep said it is still in DEVELOPMENT

 

Battle Angel Alita: 20th Century Fox picked this one up, have two publicity websites in the makings and Cameron of Titanic fame has announced he has the rights (directing) to this one and said it will be done in 3-D (as in not cartoon, but live action) interesting indeed.

 

These 2 were the ones that I noticed the most, among others,

Like stated Ninja Scroll, Lupin III, and Dragon Ball Z

Oh by the way weak news for Ninja Scroll, it was picked up by Threshold entertainment of Mortal Kombat fame, Which isnt exactly oscar material, but the script is done and they are casting.

 

 

Oh and for Evangelion, They got the special effects company that did LOtR which is decent as all hell and could work out well.

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