Sci Fi Wire is reporting some crazy news for anime fans. Oscar-winning visual-effects supervisor Richard Taylor has openly declared that he is actively pursuing his long held goal of bringing mega-hit anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion to the silver screen. Eva is a staple in the anime fan's library, and has one of the biggest fan followings of any Japanese animated tale. It is a soul wrenching story that chronicles the lives of four young kids caught up in a desperate bid to save (the remaining parts) of Earth. Currently, the rights to Eva are owned by John Ledford and ADV, a large American anime distributor. 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 film.
Eva is a ridiculously powerful story, with tremendously rich and appealing characters, a sweepingly beautiful (and devastatingly sad) world, and a passionately dramatic story. If you watch it you can't help but get emotionally attached, and as soon as you do you find your heart strings being plucked as if they were at the hands of a virtuoso harpist. And all of this is coming from a guy who only moderately enjoyed the series, for reasons that I won't entirely get into. If anime is going to be translated into film, I can think of few better to start with than Neon Genesis Evangelion. Personally, I'd love to see Escaflowne someday...you?