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Evangelion Live Action Movie 335

Rob Sollanych writes "ADV Films has just announced the production of a live action movie based on many people's favourite anime series of all time, Neon Genesis Evangelion. Special Effects will be developed by Weta Workshop, Ltd, the company that made the Lord of the Rings look so good."
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Evangelion Live Action Movie

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  • So, does anyone have a top ten list of their favorite anime movies?

    I don't.... But here's one I found. [methodshop.com]
  • by Syowr ( 50984 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:20AM (#6006596)
    Why when I saw this did I think "POWER RANGERS MOVIE" ....?

    Some things just shouldn't be done
    • Re:laws of nature (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Ryunosuke ( 576755 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:32AM (#6006693) Homepage
      Amen. While I don't like to down a movie not even completed ... I'm saddened to think that one of the most overhyped, over advertised, and over fanboy'd will be made into a live action. As if the dub wasn't bad enough, now we'll have to SEE the people acting in it. I'm sure they'll rename and change things for us poor confused americans, since the dubbies are obviously the reason this is being made. I can't argue with the majority though ... as sad as it is, that's where the money is :(
    • Re:laws of nature (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Bonker ( 243350 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:51AM (#6006838)
      I agree on so many lives. Live action EVA is bad, wrong, and stupid. Are they going to have a tall, busty Japanese woman playing Misato? Are they going to have fourteen-year-olds in skin-tight vinyl? Are they going to have a penguin? Are they going to have lots of Rei clones? Are they going to invoke the wrath of the Christian right with the decidedly mangled Christian imagery in Evangelion? Is Misato going to die in the second reel? How about Touji? Is Gendou going to cheat on his cute pregnant wife (who will almost have to be played by the same actress as the various Reis) with Ritsuko and her mom? Will Shinji be allowed to oedipally fantasize about all the-- again, fourteen year old-- girls on the cast?

      Unless the scriptwriter, director, and producer are willing to portray this story in all its gory beauty, they shouldn't even bother. I can't see them doing *HALF* of the things I listed above, and you really need *ALL* of them to get the story right.
      • Re:laws of nature (Score:5, Informative)

        by mblase ( 200735 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @10:16AM (#6007032)
        Unless the scriptwriter, director, and producer are willing to portray this story in all its gory beauty, they shouldn't even bother. I can't see them doing *HALF* of the things I listed above, and you really need *ALL* of them to get the story right.

        You're probably one of those people who became livid when Tom Bombadil was stripped from "Fellowship of the Ring", too. Do you really intend to hold it against them if they don't develop every last character in exactly the same way as the 13-hour series during a 2-hour movie?

        It'll be a translation of the story idea, the same as the X-Men movies had to do, and they'll reduce the number of developed characters to two or three and probably throw away most of the Angels and half of the Evas to keep it simple. If this movie works, it'll invite people to go back and watch the original animated series and manga, and that's good enough for me.

        Quitcherbitching. We don't need ALL of those elements to get the story right; you do. The rest of us have learned that if you want to turn anything longer than a short story into a feature film, compromises need to be made, and not all of them are necessarily bad.
        • Re:laws of nature (Score:5, Interesting)

          by ishark ( 245915 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @10:54AM (#6007318)
          You're probably one of those people who became livid when Tom Bombadil was stripped from "Fellowship of the Ring", too. Do you really intend to hold it against them if they don't develop every last character in exactly the same way as the 13-hour series during a 2-hour movie?

          I don't know about him, but I personally found the idea of eliminating TB good, as it does not add much to the story and can be safely removed without messing up with the plot. I turned livid at "Faramir's massacre" or the Elves helping the humans at Helm's Deep, or Merry/Pippin "tricking" the Ents, as these are completely useless from the point of view of book->film conversion, but also fuck up what Tolkien wrote (and the elf one indicates a serious misundestanding).

          Evangelion has a lot of strong/important points. If they want to keep "the message" they cannot change much. All the elements cited above ARE important, remove them and be ready to become target practice (verbal only :) for Eva fans.

          As I always say: there's nothing wrong in filming a grandma on a toliet for two hours, just don't title it "The Lord of the Rings".

          When basing movies on "huge" books, people should basically not mess up with any element. The book was "huge" because of what it is: stick to it or do something different. Changing stuff looks like wanting to get easy cash from the big name.
        • Re:laws of nature (Score:3, Informative)

          Hell yeah! Where are my mod points when I need them? The EVA movie, if done right won't be 13 hours of a television series packed into two hours of film in high detail. It will be a story that somewhat resembles the one from the series but has the correct feel to it. Direct comparisons are insane in this case (just like they are in the LOTR movies).
        • If this movie works, it'll invite people to go back and watch the original animated series and manga, and that's good enough for me.

          No, it won't. I have two "friends" (now ex-friends) who believe the LotR movies are much better than the book.

          Movies like this just encourages lazy thinking and superficiality in the general population. Especially when you realise Eva isn't about the Angels: it's about these characters and the personal traumas that make them tick: Shinji's troubled relationship with his

      • by Graspee_Leemoor ( 302316 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @12:10PM (#6007889) Homepage Journal
        ensign: Captain, we have spoilers off the port bow!

        riker: red alert!

        picard: what is their status, mr. data?

        data: They appear to be attempting to spoil the plot, sir.

        picard: tactical analysis, mr. worf.

        worf: captain, they are charging moderations! They are at + 5 !!!

        captain: ready all phaser banks and photon torpedos, maximum yield, minimum spread. Fire!

        graspee

  • What a bad idea (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Gyorg_Lavode ( 520114 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:21AM (#6006606)
    Neon Genesis was completed in the anime and 2 movies. There isn't anything to add to it. The series contains all the monster fights and it contains the ending. The series isn't about the action, it's about the emotions of shinji.

    I can't see this movie doing anything but hurting the rest of the plot of the series. If they want to do a live action they should do cowboy bebop. You can fit another cowboy bebop film in about anywhere you want. But Neon Geneis is completed. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    • by zeus_tfc ( 222250 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:39AM (#6006746) Homepage Journal
      (warning, sarcasm threat level today is at RED)

      How can you possibly say that? Look at all the great work that has been done bringing anime and the like to the silver screen. I mean, just look at Fist of the North Star. [imdb.com]

      And besides, the effects studio not only did LOTR, but also gave us the effects in such quality shows as Andromeda, and Mutant X!

      How can this NOT be good?

      OK, all sarcasm aside, I don't see how this can be anything but a bad thing. Even so, there is some potential, but it will still PO lots of fans. The only way that this could have some merit is if they did the same thing Sam Raimi did with SpiderMan, that is don't try to duplicate the story exactly, but try and capture the "feel" and the essence doing a stand-alone movie that doesn't really fit into the existing material. This has the greatest potential for success, but also, as with SpiderMan, the greatest potential to tick off the purists and the avid fans.

      I don't have much hope for it though. Pity. I'll have to wait and see what happens.
    • Re:What a bad idea (Score:5, Insightful)

      by johny_qst ( 623876 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:44AM (#6006788) Journal
      I am just as concerned that an actor attempting to portray the depth of shinji's internal struggle will just make a cheesy patina atop some cool CG action sequences. This movie won't help by adding to the evangelion storyline... but it might get some people who would never have come into contact with the anime to actually find the quality that spawned this waste of film. I know I will see it but I also know that it won't stand up to its anime roots.

    • Neon Genesis was completed in the anime and 2
      movies. There isn't anything to add to it.

      By your argument, then there is no point doing X-MEN. The EVA movie will probably be a reinterpretation, looking at things a new angle.


      The series contains all the monster fights and it contains the ending

      Uh? what ending? Ive seen both endings and they both sucked. I am waiting for Sadamoto's ending (the manga).


      The series isn't about the action, it's about the emotions of shinji.

      The successful show combines as
  • by Doktor Memory ( 237313 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:22AM (#6006614) Journal
    ...perhaps because low-budget live-action anime adaptations [imdb.com] do not have a reputation for quality?
    • by Anonymous Coward
      I have to agree that the prospects for this seem very dim. Even in the age of CGI you're talking about an enormously complicated effects film. The original storyline (such as it was) cannot possibly even be condensed in a standard movie format, which means a radically revised storyline for the movie. So you're in that Catch-22 territory: hardcore fans may be angered by the revision, non-fans will ignore it (plenty of anime fans hate NGE), and the uninitiate will just be like "Evangawha?" Chances are pre
  • But Since Lorde of the Rings looked pretty good, maybe they won't screw it up.
  • What is needed is a live action Gundam film, and yes i know there already is one, i want one i can see in theatres. With the current crop of superhero/sci-fi action films doing so well (spider-man, x-men, the matrix) i thikn a movie about giant city smashing robots would do pretty well, its a fairly new concept to americans.
  • by cyranoVR ( 518628 ) <cyranoVR.gmail@com> on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:26AM (#6006629) Homepage Journal
    Shin Seiki Evangelion took over my life for a good year-and-a-half [angelfire.com]...until the long-delayed release of The End of Evangelion in the US finally brought sweet release. NOW THIS? Please, Gainax...I want my life back.

    PS - evaotaku.com [evaotaku.com]
  • Animatrix (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gerf ( 532474 ) <edtgerf@gmail.com> on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:28AM (#6006649) Journal

    I never really thought much of Anime in general. I grouped anime watchers in with goths, freaks, Magic the Gathering players, and others i just ignored.

    I'm a Matrix fan, and as such, i downloaded The Animatrix: The Second Generation, Part I. I was astounded. Rather than large mouth monkey drawn, slow plotted, boring anime, such as is found on the Cartoon Network, instead, something more akin to what i thought Asimov's robots would be like was presented. I've since downloaded all the free short stories from the Wachowski bro's, and plan on buying the DVD.

    What i want to say though, is that perhaps this anime converted to real life will have the same effect on people, perhaps to a larger audience, showing more people that anime isn't just a cartoon for the vast unlaid, but rather something more meaningful, with great plots and scriptwriters. On another note, I'm going to watch Spirited Away this weekend, due to its great reviews, and the fact that i saw the first 5 minutes, and was impressed at the overall feel of it.

    Good luck with this project, i hope it does great!

    • Re:Animatrix (Score:3, Informative)

      by mblase ( 200735 )
      I'm a Matrix fan, and as such, i downloaded The Animatrix: The Second Generation, Part I.

      I think you meant "The Second Renaissance." Some fanboy. ;-)
    • What i want to say though, is that perhaps this anime converted to real life will have the same effect on people, perhaps to a larger audience, showing more people that anime isn't just a cartoon for the vast unlaid, but rather something more meaningful, with great plots and scriptwriters.

      I forget exactly where I heard this (I think it was on the "Making of..." DVD) but I recall seeing an interview which stated that part of the Wachowski bros.' intent in the cinematic style of the Matrix movies was to make

  • by darkmayo ( 251580 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:28AM (#6006657)
    Seriously.. Alot goes on in the anime.. 13 angels to destroy.. a shit load of character development and thats not even including the End of Evangelion movie.

    The series is done. Let people look back and say.. "damn that was an awesome series" instead of " What the hell was that live action POS"
    • by Jerk City Troll ( 661616 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:40AM (#6006755) Homepage
      Most of the angel battles were, in my opinion, just there for fluff. It was action to keep the less philosophically inclined audience glued to the TV sets for the next episode. All the plot development could probably have been condensed down into 4-6 episodes. Except of course for the occassional Ayanami Rei narratives. I for one would not mind seeing a live action movie that was densely packed, had a rapid time line, and showed how grotesque a lot of Evangelion was. For example, a lot of the emotional development of the characters was due to the horrors they witnessed fighting the angels. Cartoon blood does not effectively convey this to the audience. Also, whle EoE was intense -- gives me the chills just thinking about it -- an anime cannot properly portray the deaths of 7 billion human beings. I think a live action film will show quite nicely why so many of the characters lost their marbles.
      • an anime cannot properly portray the deaths of 7 billion human beings.

        Whereas in live action it's easy peasy :D

      • an anime cannot properly portray the deaths of 7 billion human beings.

        For one, I don't think special effects will either. A lot of people complain a lot about how excessively bloody anime is already, so I'd say it's pretty effective.

        On a story line note, I don't think the population could possibly be up to 7 billion at that time. The second impact, its ecological disasters and the resulting wars had already killed half the earth's population.
  • by BabyDave ( 575083 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:30AM (#6006671)
    "I mustn't run away, I mustn't run away"
  • by Mogomra ( 654796 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:34AM (#6006708) Homepage Journal
    Yeah, considering the number of anime fans it's driven into therapy, I'd consider Evangelion "influential".
  • by thatguywhoiam ( 524290 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:44AM (#6006783)
    ... which I can already tell is happening... why not?

    I mean, I tend to agree that really astonishing works - like Evangelion - do not really 'need' to be re-made in a new way, but at the same time, I don't think it hurts anything. The Gus van Sant remake of Psycho, for instance, was nothing special at all, and not as good as the original... but who cares? I could have ignored it. It's not like it *replaces* the old film.

    Besides, WETA kicks heroic amounts of ass, and they get an automatic vote as far as I'm concerned for the top-notch work in LOTR. They deserve some credit.

    My question is, how 'live-action' can it really be? Live actors surely, but I'm guessing the bulk of the action will be CG... and do I want to see a top-quality CG adaptation of an Evangelion battle sequence? Hell yeah.

  • by LordYUK ( 552359 ) <jeffwright821@g m a i l .com> on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:46AM (#6006802)
    This just in.

    Tux, the famed mascot on the Linux world, has been cast in the role of Penpen!

    Also appearing, the BSD Devil will make a special guest shot as "the guy who sent the angels to destroy Earth!"

    They're kidding, right? A live action NGE flick?

    Things I'd like to see next:

    Live action Dragon Ball Z. The movie would have to be about 19 hours long with frequent intermissions, and roughly 3 battles during that time in order to make it feel like the show.

    Live action Tokyo Pig. What would be more exciting than a pig that can do magic, FILMED IN REAL LIFE! And that reporter chic is HOT!

    Live action Dirty Pair. Okay, this isnt a joke. Remember Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft? Multiply that by two, add in tons of explosions and skimpy clothes, and BAM you got a winner!

    I could go on all day, but I think I'll stop now!
  • [advfilms.com] (Score:2, Informative)

    I love how ADV pats themselves on the back as often as possible in this "press release." My favorite line: "The Japanese anime and game studio Gainax Network Systems was one of the original production studios responsible for "Neon Genesis Evangelion.""

    Not like they conceived, wrote, designed, and directed the series and movies as well...

    --Stephen
  • Does this mean... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by darkitecture ( 627408 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @09:49AM (#6006817)

    Does this mean that it won't go all wacky and weird in the end, like every anime? :P

    Akira was great until the weird-ass things started happening... like giant blobs of flesh and stuff.

    Spriggan was good until the exact same thing happened.

    Serial Experiments: Lain was absolutely FANTASTIC until all that supernatural stuff started to take over the plot.

    What's with the freaking out? Do Japanese anime creators resort to drugs to finish off their masterpieces? It's as if they were on to something good and then they just decided to rush the ending... "umm... err... oh screw it, I'll throw in some freaky psychosomatic flesh monsters... that'll do it!"

    But with all honesty, I hope it turns out good. With the advent of a live action Battle Angel Alita, it'll be nice to see some non-anime mech footage hitting the screens.

    My vote is for Dominique Swain to play Osuka! She's a hottie :)
    • Akira was great until the weird-ass things started happening... like giant blobs of flesh and stuff.

      You don't get it. That was to draw the "amoeba" parallel. "Imagine if an amoeba had the power of a human being. Now imagine if a human being had the power of Akira."

      Spriggan was good until the exact same thing happened.

      Never saw it, no comment.

      Serial Experiments: Lain was absolutely FANTASTIC until all that supernatural stuff started to take over the plot.

      Lain is God. It was "supernatural" from
      • Lain is God. It was "supernatural" from the very beginning. In fact, you learn this in the first espisode. Again, you didn't get it.

        I think what the original poster was trying to ask, in his ham-handed way, was: "Couldn't Serial Experiments Lain have wrapped up its plot without creating Yet Another Tentacle Monster at the very end?"

        It's a reasonable question to ask. I loved Lain almost without reservation, but I really wish they hadn't felt the need to turn Eiri Masami into The Overfiend in the final
    • Re:Does this mean... (Score:2, Informative)

      by Tsuzuki ( 442471 )
      If you think Asuka is spelled "Osuka", I doubt you've seen enough anime to judge "every anime" as wacky 'n' weird.

      (I don't know why I read anime threads here at all, to tell the truth. They just infuriate me with the obligatory posts about tentiporn and "I don't get it". ;_;)
  • Evengelion is too complex to fit into a two-hour (or even 6 hour) movie. If you try and chop it down, it loses all it's substance and becomes meaningless drivel.

    It will become a movie simply about CGI robots beating each other up.

    "The Big O" Would be a much better choice. Fairly simplistic plotline, with familiar characters (It's Batman with Giant Robo), but intriguing nevertheless.

    And yes, those CGI robots from Big O would be much more fun to see bashing each other.

    Besides, I'd love to see who would be
    • Evengelion is too complex to fit into a two-hour (or even 6 hour) movie. If you try and chop it down, it loses all it's substance and becomes meaningless drivel.

      Nah, just cut half of the angsting Shinji does. You still get emo-class angst levels, and you cut the series down into a movie-length feature! ;)

  • They'll have a hard time looking for someone as autist as Shiji is...

    Someone that can't recognize ceilings!!!

    Maybe Leo Di Caprio can do it *evil grin*
  • by Mulletproof ( 513805 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @10:01AM (#6006928) Homepage Journal
    Is anybody going to watch a live action movie so filled with angst and self-loathing as Evangelion? I mean, leaving aside the attention span of the average movie goer, the plot of Evangelion is so damn convoluted it's scary. I'm firmly convinced that anybody claiming they really knew what Evangelion was about is A LIAR. Sure, the action is good, and some of the plot elements are well done, but it's going to have to be heavily edited and altered before this becomes anything but painful feature to watch.
  • i guess you guys didnt think about all the possibilitys, thats what fan fiction is all about! who said the plot was going to be placed in about the same time as the serries? it could be past, present (some lost episode or whatever), or future. both present and future could also be in some other alternate story line type thing. i guess we will never know until someone leaks that info or they start showing it to us bit by bit via trailers. i personoly would like to see it on some lost episode.. or a difrent e
  • For some reason when I hear "Live Action" I think of " on Ice." or a play, since a movie isn't really live action. I guess saying "non-anime version" would be a better description.

    I keep picturing guys in foam Eva costumes, with ice skates on, having crapy simulated fights with Angels while not trying slip and fall down. All that to a snazzy opera type music and a few number where Shingi sings about running away.
  • by Trunks ( 35615 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @10:30AM (#6007132)
    According to this article [animenewsnetwork.com], the project will be on an "aggressive timetable." Does that mean the last 20 minutes will end up being taken from footage filmed with an old camcorder on a shaky tripod? It would at least be consistent with the last 2 Eva episodes...
  • by Glytch ( 4881 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @10:52AM (#6007302)
    Alan Rickman as Gendo Ikari.

  • by lythari ( 118242 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @10:53AM (#6007313)
    I was extremely sceptical when I first read about this. But now that i've thought about it for a while, a live action Eva film might not be THAT bad.


    The important thing is that there's no sign of any hollywood studio being involved. I suspect that means that most of the creative work will be done by Gainax, with ADV providing the $$$$ and Weta obviously doing the special effects. If Gainax and Anno are left to do their thing, then the project might turn out alright. The special effects might look a big cheap due to a (relatively) small budget, but I can't imagine Gainax and Anno sanitizing Eva like everyone says.


    But then again, this is Gainax we're talking about ...

  • by Chagatai ( 524580 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @11:06AM (#6007398) Homepage
    I managed to find a copy of the live-action Evangelion script. Here is an excerpt:

    Shinji: Whine whine whine whine whine.

    Asuka: Ego driven retort with subtle sexual undertones.

    Shinji: Whine whine whine piss moan.

    Rei: Creepy silence followed by one-word retort.

    Shinji: Whine whine bitch piss whine bitch moan.

    Gendo: Evil overlord smile.

  • by sstory ( 538486 )
    The movie should be based solely on the episode where the chix are naked.
  • The Ask John over at Animenation.com has a few interesting short essays about the meaning of Evangelion and observations on the strong impact it has on its fans:

    Can You Explain the Meaning of Evangelion? [animenation.net]

    Why is Evangelion so Popular? [animenation.net]

    Can You Explain the Final Episode of Eva to Me? [animenation.net]

    Full archive of Ask John questions [animenation.net]. Fun read for anime fans.
  • My knee-jerk reaction to this was utter disgust. How dare they take my favourite anime and make it to a crappy big budget live action movie. But I thought about it more, and now I don't mind as much.

    This can sorta be a good thing. People not into anime could watch the movie, be amazed and want to see where it all started. So they get the anime. Find they like the anime. Watch different anime shows. Become anime fans. More anime fans means cheaper anime...right? Right?!?!!

    Can the 26 episode series be conde
  • by ChaosDiscord ( 4913 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @11:31AM (#6007579) Homepage Journal

    Did you suffer through the entirety Eva and for some reason weren't granted the same level of transcendence that most Eva-faithful appear to have gone through? Sure, parts were fun, parts were exciting, parts were a bit emotional, but you simply can't find it in yourself to declare that Eva somehow ties everything together into a logical conclusion filled with actual meaning? Are you certain that the random Judeo-Christian imagery, surreal character development, and insane ending are actually a high school level attempt to fake depth of plot, philosophy, and maturity?

    Take your suffering and at least get a good laugh out of it with Toastyfrog Jump's Neon Genesis Evangelion Thumbnail Theatre [toastyfrog.com].

  • ...when Toatyfrog's interpetation [toastyfrog.com] is just as accurate and 1300000x cheaper?
  • One thing I like most about NGE is the score. I can only hope that with this movie they keep the music the same. I also think they have the potential to make Tokyo 3 and the Geofront look really cool...I just hope they don't screw that up (in addition to everything else).
  • For anybody to be able to match the special effects of NGE... And the reason for that is they seem to be designed for anime. By converting them to CGI, you might just make them look stupider.

    Another issue is that it could be, in the end, like a comparison between the series and the movies: they change the characters and the general plot so damn much that you start wondering what the writers were smoking. I hope that they don't do that.

    Whatever happened to the real action Akira?

    One anime I'd absolutly lov

  • Considering that EVA creator Hideaki Anno has done live action before (the feature film Love and Pop), I think he should be the one to direct a live-action Evangelion (as much as the idea itself disgusts me). Also, how much control will GAINAX have over the script and casting?
  • EVA vote (Score:4, Funny)

    by S.I.O. ( 180787 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @01:07PM (#6008434)

    1) I understand 0.005% of the story

    2) I understand 0.05% of the story

    3) I understand 0.5% of the story

    4) My name is CowboyNeal Ikari,

    you insensitive clod

  • I think it was called Robot Jocks :)

    I also distinctly remember that it was horrible.
  • by Hadriven ( 670847 ) on Wednesday May 21, 2003 @06:29PM (#6011438)
    You know, it has been imagined before that a live-action Evangelion movie could be done, but it ended with the conclusion : let's hope it doesn't happens.

    There are a few reasons about this.

    1. FUNDS. How can an adaptation of a series that's full of heavy steel, gunfire, apocalyptic explosions, mind-boggling psychotrips be correctly done, out of the "cellulo-space" ?
    One of the reasons of why Anime earned such a success in Japan is that filmmakers there didn't have enough money to crank out movies without said movies seriously lacking... funds. Celluloid really IS cheaper for impossible scenes like some that are in Eva... And porting this to the silver screen should require some huge amounts of money. Where are they going to find the budget usually used for an announced blockbuster ? I hopa Gainax's not going to spend too much on that, I'd really get angry if they had to close before of the bankrupt following the release of that movie.

    2. CHARACTERS. Ikari Shinji. Soryû Langley Asuka. Ayanami Rei. These surely sound European, heh ? What are they going do ? Rename all those people, thus moving the entire story in the US and getting American actors ? (yeah, "Washington-3", sure.)
    Or will they stick with Japanese actors ? How can you even reproduce de-japanized japanese people drawn on celluloid well enough ? I'll be curious to see who gets the role for Ayanami Rei. If it destroys my dream vision of an almost-perfect (barring an introverted-beyond-autism personality) human being...

    3. STORYLINE. How will you ever be able to summarize that twisted series that is Evangelion into something that can be seen in 2-3 hours ? Or if you take the problem the other way, how will you take a part of the series without screwing the entire context/continuity/complexity ?
    And what about the complexity itself ? Will the scenario scaled-down for the non-depressed to understand ? I surely don't want to see an action film made out of THIS. Do you ?

    4. WAY OF THINKING. There are things Japanese can stand that Americans can't, and the other way. What would be done about those things ? I mean, there are some in the storyline that are understood (and appreciated ?) by us nerds, but for the others... Remember the beginning of EoE, you'll get an idea of what I mean.

    I spent too much weeks staring at the ceiling after having seen Eva to let it become a botched adaptation. Really.

    - Hadriven

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