JETRO Lists Gainax's Uru in Blue Film in 2018
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The Japan External Trade Organization posted a website for the Japan Booth at the Cannes Film Festival and Film Market this year, and the website lists anime studio Gainax's long-dormant Uru in Blue (Aoki Uru) project as a 120-minute film slated for 2018.
In 2013, Gainax had announced on its Facebook page for the project that a pilot film will open in 2014. Gainax had announced on the first day of Tokyo International Anime Fair earlier that year that it was still working towards an anime film of Uru in Blue. Character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto told ANN in an interview that Gainax is still looking for sponsors for the project.
Hiroyuki Yamaga is writing and directing the project with designs by Sadamoto. Both had worked together in the same roles in the 1987 anime film Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise.
Gainax began plans for Uru in Blue in 1992 with director Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion), writer Hiroyuki Yamaga(Wings of Honneamise), and executive producer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Wings of Honneamise). The project was suspended the following year, with revivals announced in 1998 and 2001.
A CD-ROM titled "Blue Uru Frozen Designs Collection" was released in 1998 featuring mechanical, character, and background designs, fighter planes designed by Masamune Shirow (Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell) and Kazuki Miyatake (Moldiver, The Daichis - Earth Defence Family), as well as Yamaga's original screenplay.
Thanks to WTK for the news tip