After getting yet another delay… again, Evangelion 3.0+1.0 looked like it was on track to finally begin screening soon. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and the staff had to delay the movie’s release yet again. And as Neon Genesis Evangelion celebrated the original anime’s 25th anniversary, creator and director Hideaki Anno released a statement regarding the state of the anime movie. He also posted an image featuring the proposal for the anime. It was dated September 20, 1993.
— 株式会社カラー (@khara_inc) October 4, 2020
Anno stated in the tweet that he has been working on Evangelion since they first proposed it in 1993. He admitted that he never thought that it would last for 27 years now that it would end with the fourth and final Rebuild of Evangelion movie. Anno would then admit that it was all his fault as to why the movie took so long to make.
He also added that being in the office is difficult at the moment, mainly because of COVID-19. The director would then thank everyone for their support and promised that he will do his best as the movie approaches its completion.
The movie was supposed to open in Japan on June 27, 2020 after eight years of waiting. Studio Khara will once again be animating the movie, with creator Hideaki Anno (Shin Godzilla) also returning to direct it as well. Hideaki Anno’s Studio Khara announced the film back in 2012. Unfortunately, Anno’s personal issues, as well as other issues, kept pushing the film back.
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source: Studio Khara