Die Anime- und Manga-Serie "Neon Genesis Evangelion" soll verfilmt werden - unter Beteiligung von WETA !!!
Im Jahr 2000 wird die Erde von einem Meteorit getroffen, dessen Einschlag als "Second Impact" in die Geschichte eingehen soll, ganz in Anlehnung an den "First Impact", der vor einigen Millionen Jahren für das Aussterben der Dinosaurier verantwortlich war. Das ist zumindest die offizielle Version der Ereignisse... Wir schliessen das Jahr 2015, als die Einwohner von Tokyo-3 sich mit einer neuen Bedrohung konfrontiert sehen - gigantische ausserirdische Invasoren, die die Geheimorganisation NERV mit biomechanischen Kampfmaschinen, den sogenannten EVAs, aufzuhalten versucht. Bestimmt nicht aus reiner Sorge um die Menschheit, denn warum suchen sich die als "Engel" bezeichneten Angreifer immer ausgerechnet die schwerbewachte, unterirdische NERV-Kommandozentrale als Ziel aus? Welches dunkle Geheimnis verbirgt sich dort unten in den riesigen Lagerhallen und welchen Zusammenhang gibt es zu dem "Second Impact"?
Anime AICN meldet... [...] Neon Genesis Evangelion distributor ADV Films is still promising that substantial news concerning a live action adaptation of the existential giant robot anime is on the horizon, but they also threw out that Appleseed: Ex Machina producer Joseph Chou is attached to the project. [...]
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik zu den neuen "Evangelion"-Animationsfilmen... [...] This first movie takes the content of only the first 6 episodes of the TV series, dealing with the attacks of Angels 4, 5 and 6. It basically takes those battles with all the material around them condensed and smoothed together, then pumped up on steroids. The TV series looked fantastic 10 years ago, but as soon as the first frames hit the screen you know this is a movie. The background are either beautiful, detailed hand drawings or smoothly integrated CG. The movement is as fluid as you would expect from movie quality, and the characters all look pretty much identical to the TV series (something the trailers made me wonder about, and also something they totally didn’t bother with in Zeta.) Animation and visual wise, it was fantastic, with just the right balance between CG and hand-drawn material.
Content starts of a little slower if you know the TV well, because it covers the same ground mainly with omissions rather than changes for the first half. [...]
Anime AICN meldet... A camcorder recording of the trailer for the first of four new animated Rebuild of Evangelion movies has been YouTube'd. Evangelion Shin Gekijoban: Jo [EVANGELION:1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE] is scheduled to premiere in Japanese theatres September 1, 2007. It's the first chapter in a retelling of the influential 1995 giant robot series Neon Genesis Evangelion, released in North America by ADV Films. Comments from creator Anno Hideaki have indicated that theme of his work have been updated, and that the new version will be more accessible than the original.
Before any asks in the talkback, there is no new news about the pre-pre-production North American live action adaptation of property.
Anime AICN meldet... [...] Ikimashou notes that the official site for first of the upcoming Evangelion movies reveals that the title will be Evangelion Shin Gekijouban: Jyo or "Evangelion New Motion Picture: Prologue." A closer look at the redesigned NERV and Seele logos can be seen here. [...]
Anime AICN meldet... [...] AnimeNation reports that according to Sponichi Annex, executive director Hideaki Anno has announced that the first of four new anime movies, planned to retell the story of Evangelion, is schedule to premiere in Japanese theatres on September 1, 2007. In an odd footnote, two of the katakana characters in the Japanese spelling of "Evangelion" will be changed, resulting in "Ivangelion" becoming "Wevangeliwon." [...]
CS! meldet... Toon maker Gainax will produce four theatrical features in its iconic "Evangelion" series. The films, the first in nearly a decade, are based on the 26-part TV series that launched the worldwide "Evangelion" boom in the 1990s.
The first, helmed by Gainax veteran Shinji Higuchi, will be released in July, the second in January and the third and fourth on a double bill in June 2008. They'll be distributed by Klockworx.
The first three pics will borrow some images from the TV show, but with new backgrounds and soundtracks. The stories of the third and final will be brand-new, in response to the many fans who were dissatisfied with the ending of the two "Evangelion" pics directed by Hideaki Anno and released in 1997.
All four will incorporate far more 3-D animation technology than the original features and series.
The "Evangelion" series, about teenagers who pilot huge robot warriors against invading aliens while struggling with the issues of adolescence, began as a cult hit on Japanese TV.
Anime AICN meldet... From Anime News Network's report on the ADV Panel at the New York Comic Con:
Evangelion creator/director Hideaki Anno suggested Emma Watson for the role of Asuka in the live action adaptation, but by the time filming is likely to start, she will be far too old. Ultimately, whichever actors are picked to play the four pilots, they are currently very young, and most likely, not on the general radar. [...]
Anime AICN meldet... According to IGN ADV's Matt Greenfield reiterated at the New York Comic Con that the live action Neon Genesis Evangelion project, with effect from Weta is still progress of seek an "A list" director for the project. ADV claims Weta representatives told them that there is more buzz surrounding Eva than any of the Lord of the Rings pictures.
SciFi.com sprach kürzlich mit Richard Taylor... Oscar-winning visual-effects supervisor Richard Taylor told SCI FI Wire that he is actively chasing his dream of realizing a live-action big-screen version of the cult-favorite Japanese anime series Neon Genesis: Evangelion. The series, set in 2015, centers on four seemingly ordinary Japanese teenagers destined to save what's left of Earth and its population after a supposed meteorite disaster and the arrival of an alien species called the Angels.
"I've just been to Japan pursuing this," Taylor said in an interview while promoting his latest project, King Kong. "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."
Taylor added: "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 we've got the endorsement of GAINAX, the original creators, and with the right director I think it could be a very beautiful movie. I think it's a story worthy of telling. And that's my big pursuit at the moment. I've put an awful lot of energy into it."
Currently, the rights to Neon Genesis: Evangelion are owned by John Ledford and ADV, America's largest distributor of anime. Taylor said that his hope is that his company, New Zealand F/X house Weta Workshop, might assume some role in co-producing Neon Genesis as a feature. "We'll throw our hearts into it regardless," Taylor said. "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 were involved in the production]."
Bei WetaWorkshop.co.nz gibt es eine Gallerie voller Design-Entwürfe für den kommenden Film !!!
DH meldet... 'AnimeNerd' has an update on how a live-action American feature film adaptation of the superb Japanese anime series "Neon Genesis: Evangelion" is going:
"I recently contacted Tiffany Grant (who voiced Asuka Langley Sohryu in the English dub of the show) about the status and asked about casting and directors as well. She contacted me back and told me that the film is on hold for the moment because they are in talks with several big names to direct. I didn't get the list on who those names were, but I did get some interesting casting ideas. She told me that Hugo Weaving would make a great Gendo (Shinji's father) and Jennifer Garner as Misato. She really liked the idea of Jennifer Garner, because she hadn't heard that before.
As for the roles of Shinji, Rei and Asuka(to whom she voices in the English adaptation of the anime), she said they would probably cast relative unknowns who were around 14 to 15. When I asked if Daniel Radcliffe, Lindsay Lohan and the actress who played Go-Go in "Kill Bill" were among names beforehand, she told me that they would be too old by now. Oh yeah, Grant also said if she were to cameo in the film (which I am sure the English voice actors probably will), she would love to play Asuka's mother. NOTE: Tiffany Grant is the wife of the producer of the live-action film as well".
Bei AICN gibt es einige sehenswerte Design-Entwürfe von Weta !!!
AnimAICN meldet... ADV Films announced a January 13, 2004 release date for Resurrection, the first of two Directors' Cut volumes of the enormously influential anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. The Directors' Cut is not just a remaster, but a revised and re-edited special edition produced under the careful supervision of creators Hideaki Anno and Gainax to include amazing new footage never before available outside of Japan. The first volume contains Evangelion episodes 21-23 in both the extended Directors' Cut versions and the original broadcast versions, allowing fans to see the creative progression of this seminal title's final moments.
In addition to the Directors' Cut episodes, ADV has obtained special DVD extras that are sure to fuel the excitement for this highly anticipated release. Resurrection will include an exclusive 25-minute interview with Richard Taylor, co-founder and head of Effects and Creatures at Weta Workshop, the multiple Academy Award-winning (for The Lord of the Rings trilogy) special effects studio currently working on the Neon Genesis Evangelion live-action feature. Also included are numerous never-before-seen production images from the theatrical release.
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Directors' Cut-Resurrection ($29.98 SRP) includes episodes 21-23 in both director's cut and original broadcast versions. In both English 2.0-languange and Japanese 2.0-language versions, with English subtitles. Includes ADV previews.
Bei AICN gibt es einige Produktionszeichnungen von Weta !!! Wooooow !!!
AICN hat eine Meldung aus einer neuseeländische Zeitung... [...] "We are very excited to be a part of this wonderful project," Weta boss Richard Taylor said. "The subject matter is providing a fantastic level of diversity for us, allowing us to work in the wonderful anime world - which is at the other far-end of the design spectrum from Middle-earth. Having had the privilege of working on such strong source material that The Lord of the Rings offered, it is a privilege to again be involved in a totally different subject matter that also has a very strong and loyal fan base."
Production of the film is still at an early stage, but Mr Taylor said Weta and ADV Films had already formed a great relationship and there was high excitement among everyone working on the film from both companies.
CS! meldet... ADV Films President and CEO John Ledford yesterday 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.
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."
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.
The 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.
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