Another anime update, this time regarding the live-action take on one of the most popular Japanese animations, Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Stephen Chou, producer on Appleseed: Ex Machina and the recently released Halo Legends, told Anime News Network that the project is still “very active.” That’s good to hear, as I remember first reading about this years ago (ANN says it was announced at Cannes in 2003). Some suspected it could’ve died, and Chou explains that the film “fell on the wayside” for a time, due to the fact that “the whole [anime] network was falling apart.” Makes sense.
The series, and thus the upcoming film, are about piloted mechanical giants (Evangelions) that are used to fight against “Angels” – creatures that have begun to attack the city Tokyo-3. That might make it sound like general anime craziness, but the series is renowned for its Biblical symbolism, and its dealing with other subjects like the psychology of characters, and philosophy. Chou assures people that the live-action adaptation will keep these aspects intact, and not just deal with giant robots:
“They’re [the producer and studio] really looking beyond that, and really looking at drama, human elements…”
The film should get off the ground in 2011, once all the boring stuff has been sorted:
“…once [the paperwork’s] resolved, I think it would be on the fast track, so we’re hoping that it’ll start moving even next year.”
Any other anime people would like to see adapted into live-action? Not that I think it’s necessarily a good thing of course – some animation should just stay animated.