For sometime there has been a live-action adaptation planned, but has been in Development-Hell for years. While I thought(hoped) the project would be dead, but it now seems that the film may be actually going somewhere.
Joseph Chou(producer) has told ANN that he project is still “very active”.
Thanks to Anime News Network:
The producer said that there is many paper work to be cleared, BUT “once that’s resolved, I think it would be on the fast track, so we’re hoping that it’ll start moving even next year.”
Next year? I think if they are gonna even make the film that they should at least wait until the “Rebuild of Evangelion” series is done. The film is most likely going to be a retelling of the anime, but we are already getting that with the current films still being released.
You may be wondering why I’m totally against this film(unless you’ve seen DBE, then you should know why), but for those wondering why its because Hollywood takes classics anime and dumbs them down.
Chou had this to say regarding the complexity of the story, “right now we’re with a producer and a studio that really understands beyond the whole mecha impact.” Chou added, “They’re really looking beyond that, and really looking at drama, human elements, even to those elements that appeal to otaku.”
I have heard many people complain that the show was “too smart” for them to understand. And, if Hollywood does adapt it you know it will be dumbed down for the sake of the audience.
All I can say if this film isn’t rated “R”, then I’m not even gonna consider it. I know, the rating shouldn’t matter, but a PG-13 version of Evangelion would be ridiculous. If you don’t believe me, go watch the first five minutes of “The End of Evangelion”. Not to mention that the adult theme of the show would have to be toned down, as well as the violence(one of the reasons anime should stay animated).
I heard that in the past(when the film was actually going somewhere) that Elijah Wood was going to be considered for the role of Shinji. While I do find him to be an incredible actor, the cast needs to be all Asian. Yes, Goku was white, BUT these characters are HUMANS and having a white guy play a Japanese character would be idiotic.
Although, knowing what Hollywood is doing with Akira, they will just change the setting to “New York-3″(instead of Tokyo-3) for the sake of Americanizing the film.
Are you excited about a live-action Evangelion?