Leica Rumors has some thoughts
about what Leica might have for us at Photokina and, in the context of this thread, they specifically mention an EVIL camera compatible with the R-system lenses.
With the longevity of the M-system it's easy to believe that buying into Leica means a guaranteed future for that expensive Leica glass but, as of now, that's not the case with the R-system. It's just over a year since Leica announced its demise and you'd be hard pushed to find any reference to it at all on the Leica web pages. This
Google search produces lots of results but only the pages cached by Google are actually visible. But if you want a quick overview the PDF of the R-system Brochure
is still available as is this introduction
to the lens system. Erwin Puts has also produced a readable R9 obituary
Leica Rumors seems pretty confident that Leica will provide an option for R-system lenses and, given that there will never be another R-system body, that would seem to imply a mirrorless design, something apparently conceded by Stefan Daniel here
. That short piece ends with the opinion that Leica would have to produce some new glass specifically for any new EVIL camera and that does seem likely given the original lenses were designed with a full-frame DSLR mirror in mind.
But hey, this rumour almost sounds credible. Leica has a considerable resource of used R-system lenses it can tap into, should owners wish to sell, and it could hit the ground running with an EVIL camera compatible with those lenses while at the same time offering those current R-system owners a valid way to "cross-grade". What do you think?