At the 2013 Tokyo Anime Fair, Gainax announced that they are finally producing the Blue Uru film with Honneamise veterans Hiroyuki Yamaga as the director and screenwriter and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto as the character designer, but without Hideaki Anno's involvement in the project.
Plans for an Aoi Uru film date back to 1992. Hideaki Anno was attached to direct with Hiroyuki Yamaga writing and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto producing. The project fell through a year later but revival attempts have occurred in 1998 and 2001.
As it became known site "Expected Release Dates", Aoki Uru (Uru in Blue) will premiere worldwide in 2018.