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AICN Anime-Murmurs of Ninja Scroll 2 and Live Action Evangelion

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For those holding out hopes for more Ninja Scroll or a live action movie Neon Genesis Evangelion, it's not time to get too excited yet. However, in both cases, news coming Baltimore's Otakon pushes the probability meter's needle a little deeper into "maybe" territory. Appearing at the US East Coast's largest anime convention, Madhouse Studios (that animators of Ninja Scroll, Paprika, the Girl Who Leapt Through Time) co-founder and CCO Masao Maruyama stated that Ninja Scroll writer/director Yoshiaki Kawajiri is involved with a script for a sequel to the big-in-the-US bloody affair. Maruyama also mentioned that, like Kawajiri, he has script approval for the sequel. The 1993 anime-movie previously spawned a 13 episode TV series in 2003.
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.
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  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by Stengah

    because i can

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by Project424

    I turned it off after 5 minutes. Blow me! anime nerds.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by prbt

    5 minutes?? Then you missed out.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    re: captboulder

    by ScottGreen

    The latest I've seen are linked in the Friday column. The Jun Swan, or what ever they'll call her, is in fact pretty neat.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST

    That would be soo great

    by princess432

    I love this series. A great short film:

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Shokushu Goukan o kudasai!

    by Baron Karza

    !!PRANTA RAPEU!! !!Urotsukidōji !!

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by Clumzor

    I think it could be quite visually impressive to see a live action version. Can't say I cared much for the series though. I'd much rather see a live action Mazinger Z or Getter Robo. Fist and boob missiles beats Shinji pulling his pud over a catatonic Asuka any day of the week.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Was not James Cameron doing some live action Evangelion?

    by Kampbell-Kid

    I remembered his fx studio doing concept art for it and was pretty excited to see if this was a future project of his. Also what ever happened to the live action Akira that's been in development hell since before Norrington's word of doing it?

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Live Action EVA: Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit!

    by victor82

    I've been listening to the fanboys go on about how WETA is putting this massive film together with an international cast and how Timberlake is going to play Shinji so we can all enjoy seeing him get offed. It's all crap crap crap. Hideaki Anno's huge Up Your's to the rest of the planet because his meds were prescribed wrong.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 8:24 p.m. CST


    by soup74

    i know there was a series..but also wasnt there already a 'ninja scroll 2'? i have it at home (although i never watched it, i heard it was terrible) are they just ignoring that ever existed?

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST

    re: soup74

    by ScottGreen

    Ninja Resurrection? Entirely different staff/story, marketed as a Ninja Scroll sequel in North America. The Jubei of Ninja Resurrection is the quasi-historical figure that Ninja's Scroll's hero is based off of. Ninja Res. is based off the novel Makai Tenshō, from the creator of Basilisk. There are also Sonny Chiba movies based off the story (there are a ton of adaptations of it The anime is unfinished and disappointing, but considering its from the makers of Giant Robo, and it has Jubei Yagyu versus the all-stars of samurai legends, I still enjoy it.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Re: Kampbell-Kid

    by kyle051554

    WETA was working on some concept art a while back, but I hadn't heard anything about James Cameron being involved in the project.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 9:51 p.m. CST

    If they make a Ninja Scroll 2...

    by thedarklinglord

    It had better be NOTHING like the 13-episode series, which pretty much sucked ass. It was too pretty and colorful, aimed for a clearly younger audience. Which was weird, because while it wasn't nearly as graphic in violence or sexual undertones, it was still probably too intense for a young audience. It's like they tried to compromise for the sake of netting a broader audience, but ultimately alienated both the hardcore fans of the original and the younger crowd who might have found some of the content a little too disturbing. Personally, I don't need a Ninja Scroll sequel - UNLESS they can pull off a Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust where they manage to go bigger, badder, and more badass and actually surpass the original. (Of course, the original Vampire Hunter D set the bar pretty low, unlike Ninja Scroll.)

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST

    EVA and ADV

    by The Phantom Limb

    There will almost certainly not be a live-action EVA project as long as ADV is in charge of it, as Matt Greenfield is really remarkably incompetent. If Richard Taylor is so serious about the film happening, he should buy out Greenfield (promise him an executive producer credit or something) and start shopping the project around on the basis of WETA-supplied effects and the endorsement of Peter Jackson. Easier said than done, perhaps, but the current arrangement isn't leading anywhere.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 12:39 a.m. CST

    live action eva

    by Zozma, all the interesting metaphysical and post modernistic meta shit will be cut out? itd just end up a giant monster movie with 3rd rate cgi. dont see a live action one happening anyways. its not palletable. ninja scroll was cool, but wtf would i care for a new one? more stone monster tit sucking? the episodes were ass, though.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    thanks scottgreen

    by soup74 know your shit. and you answered my question very informatively. i suppose i should watch it, if i can dig it up from where its hiding.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 3:15 a.m. CST

    EVA won't go anywhere as long as ADV is attached

    by Cash907

    They are bleeding capital left and right. They should just let the rights go to someone that gives a crap about the project and has the funding and cred to do it worthwhile.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Ninja Scroll 2 and EVA oh my...

    by halberd

    If it at least lives up to the original's caliber then I'm down with that. And an EVA live action would indeed be interesting... couldn't even begin to fathom the budget required to get a full-on experience. Maybe no A-list actors would do the trick...

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 4:52 a.m. CST


    by halberd

    would your name be of any relevance to teh band Meshuggah? hmmm? just wondering. I think it's also a term for a beverage... whichever.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 8:29 p.m. CST

    WETA Evangelion designs were cool

    by Hikaru Ichijo

    and changed the feel of the production. I liked that EVAs looked more like human Tiger Fish than any Shogun Warrior. Does that aspect of the film remain intact? If so, awesome, because it is that kind of counter-design that makes the inevitable 27yr old Asuka that much easier to accept.