Ghost in the Shell Live Action Going Strong


Masamune Shirow’s legendary cyberpunk franchise Ghost in the Shell has had its Hollywood adaptation in the works for some time now, with the latest news being that Dreamworks has assigned Laeta Kalogridis as lead writer.

Seasoned writer Kalogridis is taking over from Jamie Moss, who was originally set to adapt the popular Japanese franchise to a more western market.

She has written scripts for a number of Hollywood films, and is also involved with the Hollywood adaptation of Battle Angel Alita, apparently with few disasters to her credit (although she did help write a Tomb Raider movie).

Also involved in this project are Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul of Seaside Entertainment. Avi Arad, formerly of Marvel, has been involved with many of Marvel’s TV and movie adaptations, including such titles as Spider Man and The Hulk.

Dreamworks has planned this adaptation as a “Live Action 3D”, presumably implying a heavy CG component, just as with the anime and even manga versions.

Fans will undoubtedly be watching with bated breath to see how Hollywood handles this major franchise and whether another embarrassingly successful rape ensues.

With such titles as Ghost in the Shell and Battle Angel Alita in the works (and less promisingly, Akira), it seems Hollywood may now be doing more to further the fortunes of anime as an art form than the industry itself, which appears lately to have devolved into obsessively cannibalising an increasingly sterile set of schoolgirl themed titles for the sake of a narrow niche market… Even Hollywood has a long way to sink before it reaches the depths of the moe boom.

Via Variety

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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ensuing reap? Yes. But if they stick to the SAC style they might get it... ok not right but at least less of a reap... more like a chikan grope.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I disagree, Stephen Spielberg is the Producer last I heard, He's already an accomplished sci-fi filmmaker, and he also did the movie, A.I., which had many of the same themes as GitS as far as the nature of the relationship between Artificial Intelligence and Sentience.

    I admit there's still a chance of horrible failure but I'm slightly optimistic for this one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:30 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    We'll our fingers crossed... but I think for most of us fans even if it's good... because of the differences we'll probably won't like it. Hard when you're used to a story and you see it with changed names, look, language etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why are all movies in 3D these days? Who's dumb idea was it to bring back this stupid fad?

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    Comment by motaku96
    02:03 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well there's a slight chance they might not completely screw it up.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    03:58 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    As long as they stick with a SAC style story line and avoid butchering it in the name of being politically correct they might not screw it up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rape or no rape, this kind of stuff does pour huge amounts of money into the anime industry. You can certainly choose to ignore the final product, but hope that it continues so that studios can come up with better products.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they fuck this up....-__-.
    On a side note, if Hollywood ever tried moe, I think I'd off myself.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    01:48 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    First I'm like woohoo 3d Motoko but then I remember the horror of Dragon ball Evo and what a load of suck that was and how Hollywood rapes everything they get a hold of anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't tell me, Motoko will be played by American actress.Disgusting...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    a blond with an arse 3 times your head. now have fun!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    She probably won't be able to pronounce Motoko's name either, unless they decide to give her a more American name instead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:29 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, you described your mother just now? In that case, no thanks.

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    01:01 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dreamworks knows what they're doing. I think that they could make a good job of it.

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    Comment by Kazumakaname
    01:23 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Adapt for Western audiences" means that Section 9 is probably going to be a part of the NSA and the crap will probably happen in a US city -_-

    This reminds me of Level 9 [] that damned show ripped off gits right down to a hot asian woman doing most of the ass kicking.

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    Comment by mmk23
    11:42 26/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ''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 most likely 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'' If these ideas ever see the light of day, they will just be dark marks/shit stains on shows that are perfect they way they are. Dreamworks and Keanu Reeves, ''Leave it alone.''

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    Comment by Y10NRDY
    03:20 26/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    stay the f*ck out of my world, hollywood.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:20 26/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    so who is going to play motoko?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 26/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Asia Carrera? :P

    But more seriously..
    Marie Eguro, Gina Hiraizumi, Janice Kawaye, Ariane Koizumi, Suzy Nakamura, Sophie Oda, Tamlyn Tomita, are the correct ethnic background.

    But they're probably going to pick a Chinese-American or Korean-American, because they can't tell the difference anyway.

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    Comment by Bronxdragon
    00:26 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why.....damnit why must they rape anime......did they not learn their lesson with that abomniation that was DragonBall.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 28/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    They're gonna rape this anime!! x3

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 01/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It better have a lot of 'pauses' and naked robots, or it's gonna fail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 01/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What better way to destroy a perfectly good title than to make a fucking Hollywood adaptation.

    Fuck Hollywood.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 30/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    GHOST IN THE SHELL ROCKS!!! so I'm definitely keeping my eye out for this. I hope it won't be a disappointment like the other Hollywood adaptation/remake. although with its track record, not so hopeful.
    btw, I heard that instead of setting in Japan, it'll set in Hong Kong, but will the story still be about Japan's National Publice Safety Commission, Section 9? Cuz it would be a real bitch if it's not even be about them and instead creating some other counterpart.

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    Comment by exia
    14:46 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    nice hope it s any good

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:38 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My gosh Hollywood leave our anime alone already it wasn't enough to take DBZ and screw it up they have to do this too!

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    06:11 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, I'm grateful for some of those works and will still enjoy them no matter what form of anal reaping they all will suffer from the minions of hollyweird.

    This will make it even more amazing if one does do it right to my eyes...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do those fools in Hollywood think American fans want to see a dumbed down westernized version of a Japanese cartoon? You can bet their just going to give us two hours of nonstop gun play with a little simplified philosophy, just enough not to offend the bible thumpers. And not even the redeeming benefit of any tits so they can get a lousy PG13 rating, the killer of great movies, just look what happened to Blade, two R rated movies, excellent, one PG13 rated, garbage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:56 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, but GitS already have hollywood adaptation. It's called Blade Runner.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Blade Runner came before GitS, and it's quite different in many aspects.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:19 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obvious joke is obvious. Settings may be diffrent, but both of them gives similar feelings. You could even say that Blade Runner is spiritual ancestor of GitS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe G.I.T.S movie might go for a G/PG rating?
    and pull in more profit on dvd with unrated extras?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:22 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    GitS would make a better Buddy Cop movie , if you ask me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:07 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ghost in the Shell would probably make a decent live action movie, but I don't see what purpose it would serve.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:12 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    3D in 3D? Double fail!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:39 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I already know this is going to suck! I mean who is going to play the major? A typical skinny a$$ hollywood b#$%h that doesn't look like her in the least? And why would we need a "live-action" crap anyway? This is definetly not for the fans, just for the people who never heard of gits in the first place and they probably won't like it either. I really hope this and all future "live-action" adaptations sell bad so they can stop this madness! What's next? Vampire Hunter "live-action" or maybe Bible-Black(lol) "live-action"!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:08 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't mind a bible black live action if it wouldn't be for the fact that they will hire ugly, bad acting porn stars. Most of the girls in Bible black have attitudes that American actresses can preform faithfully, being manipulative whores that will fuck anyone and everyone for their own personal gain.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The latter one would be quite interesting actually, just too bad that it would be XXX rated.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:40 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oi, they gonna create trashes out of those wonderful origin. I must admit most path of the movie aren't too bad but the simple story line and no emotions deep ruin all !!! An artistic work without soul is worthless.

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    Comment by LanceRayne
    18:39 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    sadly, Failwood will prolly strike again, seeing how almost all of the translations miss the mark by a mile.
    Mile being the distance between Pluto and the Sun.
    bleh.... soo unhappy

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:37 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ill gather the lolis

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:34 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "adapt the popular Japanese franchise to a more western market"

    Fuck NO!

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    Comment by Celestz
    18:43 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This mild also lead to a big fail~

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    Comment by Canadane
    18:58 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A new time has come... People must be wanting this, why else would it be made?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:11 25/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nobody is waiting for this. They are just doing this to make easy money off of the people who will see it just to complain later about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:57 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This was obvious, Hollywood is making shitty popcorn movies not good movies.

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    Comment by diskonline
    18:33 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Animate live action sucks. Rebuild in 3D is better...

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    Comment by giascle
    18:16 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about Japan makes a movie with a Hollywood-size budget.

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    Comment by stares
    18:34 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like 20th Century Boys? The entire trilogy.

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    Comment by giascle
    18:35 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't that supposed to be amazing?

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    Comment by abbe
    19:55 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is amazing.
    However, it suffers A LOT from the "acting".

    Asian actors are really just horrible at times. They might stick true to the reactions of the manga, but in a live-action movie its just unnatural.

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    Comment by Kusingia
    18:21 24/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That would mean the young animators would be over payed for doing their job.

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