Margot Robbie in Talks to Star in GHOST IN THE SHELL

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DreamWorks has been developing a live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation for several years.  Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) signed on to direct in January.  The Wrap reports Margot Robbie is now in early talks to star.  The report does not specify the role, but the lead protagonist in the original manga by Masamune Shirow is Major Motoko Kusanagi, the leader of a covert ops unit that fights cyber-terrorists.  Motoko has a fully synthetic cyborg body but retains her human essence/soul or “ghost.”  After a couple notable supporting roles in About Time and The Wolf on Wall Street, studio executives clearly believe Robbie can carry a big production.  In addition to the Ghost in the Shell possibility, Robbie stars opposite Will Smith in Focus (February 27, 2015) and is currently shooting Tarzan (July 1, 2016).

William Wheeler (The Cape) scripted the adaptation.  Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man), Steven Paul (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), and Mark Sourian (Need for Speed) are producing.  More after the jump.

Here’s the manga synopsis:ghost in the shell

Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including “ghost hackers” who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers’ criminal ends. When Major Kusanagi tracks the cybertrail of one such master hacker, the Puppeteer, her quest leads her into a world beyond information and technology where the very nature of consciousness and the human soul are turned upside down. [Amazon]

Check out Dave’s Ghost in the Shell feature for more background on the manga and the adaptation potential.

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  • Christian Grey

    WOW … AMAZING FRANCHISE… AMAZING CHOICE OF ACTRESS… But, Rupert Fucking Sanders.. Really???
    what an awful choice…

    YVONNE STRAHOVSKI would have been a better choice. Robbie aint that bad either.
    This is a dark franchise. Christopher Nolan would have been my number one choice to direct this amazing franchise… But, Rupert Fucking Sanders… They are definitely trying to fuck this franchise up..

    They might as well release the original GITS in IMAX 3D and they have a better chance of a box office hit than the RUPERT FUCKING SANDERS VERSION.

    • lee

      Thank you for pointing out the glaring problem here. I could not get over how laughably horrible Snow White was. Hollywood has yet to adapt an anime without butchering it. The best I can think of was Speed Racer which isn’t saying much.

      If you want good live action adaptations just watch the Japanese ones (or Korea’s Oldboy). I’m not a huge Kenshin fan but I loved that one.

      • Jeremy Flores

        HEY NOW DON’T MAKE FUN OF SPEED RACER :(

      • lee

        Sorry, didn’t mean to crap on your movie. It just didn’t grab me, or make me care. But I don’t remember thinking it was horrible or butchered. And if fans enjoyed it then that’s a win.

      • Name

        Speed Racer! Plus The Matrix took a massive inspiration from GITS. And finally Cloud Atlas had this great asian futuristic stuff. So obviously Wachowski are the only ones who can adapt this properly.

        But this is just a little dream..

    • Neven

      Honestly, I’m interested in seeing what he can do. I definitely wasn’t a big fan of Snow White and the Huntsman either, don’t think anyone should judge director’s abilities after only one movie. A lot can happen.

      However, it’s the rest of the gang I think we should be worried about, Robbie excluded. Previous works in a form of The Cape, NFS and Ghost Rider? Jeez, I’m not optimistic about. Not one bit.

    • the king of comedy

      I guess Nolan could be an alright choice, he`s great when he has a good script to work with (unlike TDKR), but then he would need to keep Goyer away from this and even maybe let someone else take control of the script instead of him. The Wachosky brothers are the obvious choice, and I think James Cameron in his better days could have been a great choice, maybe even Ridely Scott with a good script could work, if Prometheus had a better script it could have been a classic.

      • hbdf

        Keep dreaming. None of those directors would realistically touch this crap

      • the king of comedy

        Yeah I know they already have a loussy director, but the source material is something that migh have interested The Wachowsky brothers and James Cameron, and even directors such as Nolan and Scott who are familiar with science fiction could have been interested in this.

      • Professor Dickweed

        I was referring to the crappiness of the source material…not the crappiness of the adaption team

      • Doctor Penisgrass

        Which you’ve never read, obviously…

      • Doctor Penisgrass

        Which you’ve never read, obviously…

  • astr

    yeah robbie seems like a good choice. but then i saw the producers, directors, script writers involved. please god no.

    • alk

      LOW EXPECTATIONS is key to enjoying projects like these in this day and age.

      • Christian Grey

        You are the kind of people are the reason why Micheal Bay is still allowed to make movies.

        huh!!! LOW EXPECTATIONS MY ASS!!

    • Your_Mama1

      You are a douche. This is the most racist casting I’ve seen in a while. It happens consistently in Hollywood though because of white pieces of trash like you. Screw off.

  • WHITE-WASHED-KOREA

    SO SOME PEOPLE ARGEE ON THAT A WHITE WOMAN PLAY A JAPANESE CHARACTER AND TURN INTO DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION REPEAT WITH A WHITEY ACTOR PLAYED A SEMI-ASIAN CHARACTER LIKE GOKU. I GUESS IT TRUE THAT THAT HALF OF AMERICA ARE STUPID FUCKED UP MORONS FOR GOING WHITE WASH ON A FRANCHISE THAT THE CHARACTER LIKE MAKATO KUSANAGI SHOULD BE PLAY BY AN ASIAN WOMAN. UNLESS THEY DO THE EDGE OF TOMORROW ROUTE WHERE TOM CRUISE CHARACTER, WHO IN THE NOVEL IS AN JAPANESE TEEN, IS A MIDDLE AGED WHITE PERSON IN THE FILM. I THINK MARGOT WILL PLAYED A CHARACTER THAT IS CREATED FOR THE FILM SO THAT IT WOULD NOT BE GOING INTO THIS FUCKING WHITE-WASHING SHIT.

    • Heyguy246

      What?

    • Christian Grey

      Go Home WHITE WASHED KOREA… You’re Drunk!!!

    • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

      WALL! OF! CAPS!

    • YELLOW-WASHED-PEE-PEE-STAIN

      LOUD NOISES! I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT!

    • YELLOW-WASHED-PEE-PEE-STAIN

      LOUD NOISES! I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT!

  • Brian B

    Margot Robbie probably destined for stardom… although not sure about the rest of the staff on this film… seems to be a minor blip on the radar like aeon flux or tomb raider. Could be great in the right hands. Also with the globalization of the movie market, not sure why they wouldn’t put an Asian in the title role.

  • PresidentObama

    Awful casting, let alone a horrid choice for a director. DOA:( Too bad for Akira, too;( The sadest point is that the Japanese movie industry’s movies are aimed “only” at the Japanese market to make a profit, meaning hyper low budget, and you get what you paid, for which is evident on the screen, uber cheap CGI movies with stories to fit that poor budget. So either way, it’s basically a lose-lose situation regarding Japanese comics/novels/games movie adaptations for now.

    • im mister manager

      thanks obama.

      • menna jarbles

        thanks jenna marbles

  • Gallan

    It will probably be mediocre, but that’s good enough given the real star of Ghost in the Shell is the futuristic setting itself, there’s never been anything like it. Main challenge is it needs to be financially successful, banking on Margot is reasonable, since it’s only a matter of time before she becomes a major star.

  • Name

    Wachowski

    • Guest

      But they are busy making Twilight In Space

  • CJ

    Yeah, just throw more money at it. That will make it less of a shit idea.

  • Baz Hood

    Ugh! Hoped this had gone away :( Like Aeon Flux and Blood+ live actions, it will be dire. My favourite anime bastardised and westernized!!!! Shit, even the Japanese live action Death Note is so fucking lame.What next? BeBop? Helsing?

  • Neo Racer

    Oh yea this is gonna suck big fat bawlz. HARD.

  • Professor Dickweed

    BORING…Hopefully this movie tanks before starting production. Last thing this world needs is more anime garbage to pollute grocery store five dollar bins all across the country

  • sense

    She Fine

  • Yurine

    I don’t know how i feel about them turning this in a live-action film.

  • Beefdong

    Margot looks uncannily like Jaime Presley.

  • poop

    Why not cast a Japanese woman??

    I mean, people still saw Pacific Rim

  • william

    That director SUCKS!!!

    I wish all the raw footage from Snow White and the Huntsman could be handed over to someone who has taste. That movie could have been great if it wasn’t edited like a TV commercial.

  • Duder NME

    No Kenji Kawai, no sale.

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