DreamWorks Developing Live-Action 3-D GHOST IN THE SHELL

     October 22, 2009

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“Ghost in the Shell” is one of those films that I saw at just the right age.  The film blew me away and it still holds a special place since it was one of the first films to introduce me to anime .  Having said that, I’m not mad that DreamWorks is planning on remaking the film.  As unnecessary as it is, I actually really like the idea of a live-action 3-D remake and I’m happy to see that the project move forward with Laeta Kalogridis (“Shutter Island”) writing the film.  More after the jump:

ghost_in_the_shell_movie_image__3_.jpgAccording to Variety, the property was bought by DreamWorks last year, but I swear that I’ve been hearing about a live-action remake of “Ghost in the Shell” ever since I first got the internet. The original 1995 film was about a female cyborg cop and her partner hunting down a powerful hacker and it’s pretty out there, dense, crazy, and great.  There really is a reason why “Ghost in the Shell” is regarded as such a high mark for the genre along with “Akira” and it’s hard to forget the film once you’ve seen it.  The movie has gone on to be the basis of an anime tv series, “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex”, and also got a sequel in 2004 with “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence”.

As of right now all we know is that the film will now be made in 3-D and will be written by Laeta Kalogridis, who now replaces Jamie Moss (“Street Kings”) on the project.  I’m hoping that Kalogridis did something special with “Shutter Island” and that once I see that film next year I can say “So the guy who wrote ‘Shutter Island’ is doing the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ movie?! Awesome.”   It’s also still unclear if this film will be a remake of the 1995 film or an adaptation of the 1989 manga.

I can see why fans of the original manga series or of the original film might be mad that there is even going to be a live-action remake, but i think we should be optimistic about this one.  There is potential to make a cool sci-fi film and even more potential to make the film be smart while making it look fantastic visually.  Plus, I’m hoping that if the film comes together and is a hit, we might get the long in development “Akira” live action adaptation. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see live-action adaptations of anime and mangas becoming the latest fad in Hollywood. This might be the first step.


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