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Ghost in the Shell Movie Edges Closer

Scriptwriter finally hired

By Chris Beveridge     October 23, 2009
Source: ICv2


Ghost in the Shell
© Masamune Shirow

Originally reported on back in April of 2008, DreamWorks picked up the rights to make a live action version of Ghost in the Shell with Avi Arad and Stephen Paul set to produce it. Spielberg was quoted at the time as saying, "Ghost in the Shell is one of my favorite stories, it’s a genre that has arrived and we enthusiastically welcome it to Dreamworks.” Dreamworks’ head of production Adam Goodman added: “Ghost in the Shell is a property that epitomizes 3-D live action motion picture possibilities."

 

News on this front has been quiet since, but ICv2 picked up a new piece that shows the project moving forward still as they've signed on Laeta Kalogridis for scriptwriting duties. Laeta is best known among live action fans as the a producer and writer for the Birds of Prey show and Bionic Woman as well, two very shorted lived series. She's also has a hand in another anime adaptation with her collaboration with James Cameron for Battle Angel Alita where she's listed as a screen writer.

 

Ghost in the Shell has continued to have a presence in the US as the anime feature Solid State Society came out in the last couple of years and the manga is being put out by Kodansha's new US division after being published for many years by Dark Horse Comics.


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majormk 10/23/2009 1:54:39 PM

''They've signed on Laeta Kalogridis for scriptwriting duties''. She's also has a hand in another anime adaptation with her collaboration with James Cameron for Battle Angel Alita where she's listed as a screen writer. Let me just add that the James Cameron Battle Angel Alita project has been scrapped the last I checked. Ghost In The Shell is my favorite series, and I hate to say this but this is probably going to be an ''Epic Fail'' They need to leave this in the hands of where it originated from! The problem is that we as Americans just can't come up with our own ideas so we have to take what isn't ours. Take Cowboy Bebop The Movie for example with Keanu Reeves - another ''Epic Fail'' These are just bad ideas that are going to give the original movie, and the Stand Alone Complex series a bad name, as well as the original Bebop tv series, and Movie. ''Leave it alone''

 

BarricadeS281E 10/23/2009 9:01:28 PM

Umm, this is the original movie right? I honestly couldn't make heads or tails of that film, especially the plot. But I'm in love with the Stand Alone Complex series (which I fully understand, lol). This does feel like a really bad idea though - but you never know....

ZelloBear 10/24/2009 2:43:10 AM

I wouldn't read to much into this, when it comes down to it, a movie is a movie.  Companies will destroy a small country to get a good story.  I like Ghost in the Shell, if they make a movie, great i'll watch it.  Hate it or like it, in most cases it's just inspired by the original story.  Take the Dragon Ball Z movie, horrible by all expectations, but they took an idea, brainstormed, and created a film.  All I can say is, take a films for what it is.  Weather the Cowboy Bebop movie is Neo acting in a new story, hell, if it's entertaining enjoy. 

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