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Evangelion Live Action

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
Gainax, Weta, and ADV teaming up for film

Variety.com (original article only available to subscribers--free trial available), reporting from the Cannes Film Festival, reports that Gainax, Weta, and ADV are teaming up to produce a live action film based on Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Gainax and ADV Films should be instantly recognizable to any anime fan as the studio that created Evangelion and ADV as the studio that owns the worldwide rights to the TV series and localized it for North American audiences. Weta Workshop, however, may not be a familiar name. Weta is the New Zealand studio set up by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to handle the special effects for the LOTR trilogy.

Adding complete credibility to this story is the quote from ADV Films president and co-founder John Ledford: "The three main players here represent something of a dream team for a project like this. Between the quality and significance of Gainax, Weta's industry-leading skill in visual effects and our expertise in the marketing and promotion of anime and anime-related content, this project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

To top it off, while the film is still in early development, Ledford mentions an "aggressive timetable."

Neon Genesis Evangelion joins a growing list of titles, including Kite, Dragon Ball Z, Battle Angel, and Lupin III, that are rumored or confirmed to have live-action remakes in the works.

ANN has confirmed this story with ADV Films.

This article has a follow-up: Live Action Eva Press Release (2003-05-21 11:43)
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