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The scriptwriter for Hollywood’s 2011 movie violation of Ghost in the Shell has stressed the movie will be packed full of action.

Hollywood scriptwriter Laeta Kalogridis told of what to expect from the live action in recent comments:

A lot of action… lots of action. There’s still going to be a lot of atmosphere – [The movie] is about vast possibilities – all of this technology, the Internet – it’s about the limitless possibilities of this technology. ”

In another interview she goes into more detail, emphasising that the movie is based on the supposedly action-packed manga and not the pretentious pseudo-philosohpical technobabble of the film:

Q: Is that a remake of the 1995 film or is that an adaptation of the earlier manga?

LK: “Ghost in the Shell” was originally the manga. The anime came from the original graphic novel and then — and that anime, as you know, is a relatively famous, groundbreaking piece of material — also generated two seasons of an animated television show as well.

And this is an adaptation of the original manga, the original comic book that sort of began everything.

Q: It sounds like it’s going to be a really intelligent, visually cool sci-fi film. Do you see this as possibly paving the way for more live action adaptations of anime and mangas in Hollywood?

LK: I can’t really speak to the trend because certainly a lot of the stateside comic book sources and even U.K. comics that have been mined, I think there’s always room for new source material just like people.

I also think that a lot of the themes of anime as an art form are much more adult and darker than what people sometimes associate with the kinds of four-quadrant movies.

For me, I don’t really know the answer to that, but I do think that Bill Gibson’s vision of an Eastern-informed West, where so much of our cultural reference points start to come from this shared literary history, I think that that’s definitely happening.

And so, as mythos kind of evolves, and I think anime and manga are slowly becoming a big part of our mythos, I think yes, they’re sort of a natural fit for films.

Much as Akira, Dragon Ball and King of Fighters were.

Expect plenty of pitched gun battles in the dark futuristic streets of Neo-New York as aliens tear the city apart in pursuit of the Crystal.


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    Comment by kakul
    22:10 01/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't have much faith in these live action adaptions anymore.

    Heres my umbrella ready incase the shit hits the fan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:23 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    let us declare jihad on Hollywood together . till they stop the rape of anime

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    First problem with it, as with just about every other sci fi movie that has been coming out lately, is the over emphasis on action.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:09 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Make sure you didn't buy that umbrella from walmart, or else it'll just break after the first volley.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    02:53 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The director must be a weeaboo.

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    Comment by obro
    23:00 01/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    true that yo my inevitable black gang member

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    Comment by obro
    01:10 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    what's with the hate? nobody watched
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jafd97yJFOI
    ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahaha, that was purely awesome.:D

    However, that's the only form of adaptation I shall ever tolerate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:15 01/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The shit will hit the fan
    Its a matter of when

    Comment by Schrobby
    00:54 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Expect plenty of pitched gun battles in the dark futuristic streets of Neo-New York as aliens tear the city apart in pursuit of the Crystal.

    LOL

    I hope not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Expect plenty of pitched gun battles in the dark futuristic streets of Neo-New York as aliens tear the city apart in pursuit of the Crystal."

    You mean, expect plenty of quick-cut hyperactive pitched gun battles in the dark with no damned idea of who's shooting who in futuristic New York (God Bless America) as aliens tear apart the city in pursuit of the Ark of the Convenant's Last Requiem's Hidden Precursor Technology from Descarte.

    I hope that's not true, but this is Hollywood we're talking about.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that was rich :P

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    Comment by chronomaster
    04:20 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So your saying that casting one of the main characters as a skinny waif in contrast to its more physically fit renditions would actually be a plus to seeing this movie?

    That's not the Motoko I know, Joe. What would you want next, pigtails?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:24 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    IF she is scrawny and small chested that would be one reason to watch it. If that happens though I guess Australia will be out of luck tho

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    05:49 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well... I think he would also find appealing the new version of Major Kusanagi if she carried a magical baton that she spins around as she chants "You are under arrest in the name of justice, dooby dooby dee!!" And then finishes in an impossible pose as Batou and Togusa (now to be called Bart and Thompson) follow her in fagtastic poses.

    Meanwhile, I'll be weeping alongside many fans...

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    Comment by Chen-03
    05:36 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @chronomaster:

    The only hope is that they make it so bad, that no one cares to watch, so it will be forgotten real fast, like they did with dragon something.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Needs chick from dark angel.

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    Comment by First Posting Idiot
    10:45 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Laeta Kalogridis is also writing for James Cameron on the Hollywood Version of Battle Angel Alita.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:48 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Anime Pacific Podcast's blog has a good rundown of who should play the Major here:

    http://anipac.blogsome.com/2009/10/26/which-actress-should-play-major-mokoto-kusanagi-in-the-hollywood-ghost-in-the-shell-movie/

    Some good names... how about Zhang Ziyi?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I do hope she will have some big tits, i cant see that loli flat chested shit anymore.
    Fuckers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haaa. I'm just worried that Motoko will be some scrawny small chested woman....
    Usually that's the type of female used in hollywood films for the action heroine.

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    Comment by Van-d-all
    01:46 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem is that people actually liked the "the pretentious pseudo-philosohpical technobabble of the film", which made it one of the most recognized anime of all time...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:55 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Expect plenty of pitched gun battles in the dark futuristic streets of Neo-New York as aliens tear the city apart in pursuit of the Crystal.

    All too likeley I'm afraid. I for one am not getting my hopes up

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lucky bastard to have an umbrella for when shit hits the fan
    what about us, the fans?

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    Comment by Kortaku
    00:49 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm REALLY hoping that it will turn out well but I do have a feeling that it'll be trash.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:52 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A cameo by Mary McGlynn would be nice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:38 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Set sail for fail hollywood.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:30 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "And so, as mythos kind of evolves, and I think anime and manga are slowly becoming a big part of our mythos, I think yes, they’re sort of a natural fit for films."
    I seriously puked a little in my mouth after I read that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:11 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This will be crap like every other Ful of action adaptation...

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    Comment by knuclear200x
    07:15 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did someone say, "MICHAEL BAY"?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The movie was two men conversing philosophy then a gun fight.

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    Comment by Eleriel
    06:49 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    for me, Ghost in the Shell was never really about the action.. it was more like a political thriller/mystery.. "who's behind all the crazy stuff that's happening.. who's pulling the strings?!"... Patlabor is another one of those kinds.

    only in the end of the first movie did we really see any action, I felt. and the second one, was just mystery mystery/mystery. :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    please give it to james cameron.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hollywood’s Ghost in the Shell= ultraviolet + Johnny Mnemonic + Tron.
    Epic Fail I bet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:20 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    GITS is kinda dark in some places.
    You know they are gonna screw it up and try to make some kinda funny,family oriented,nickelodeon movie.
    Leave it to japan to do it, leave it alone hollywood please.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    06:39 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Next up,
    Something catastrophic happens on the set of Ghost in the Shell, the movie adaptation is held off until 2096.

    /wish

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:04 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dammit Hollywood, stay the fuck away from anime. That goes double for you, Cameron - back away from the Gunnm manga...

    But at least it would be hard for them to trash it any worse than Oshii did. I mean, as long as there's a shred of humor or humanity in the Hollywood GITS, it will be better than the movie adaptation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Casper, Ghost in the Shell. A fun filled action adventure based on the comics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:32 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know nothing about this production other than that it exists, but I'm pretty sure I know exactly what's wrong with it, that it will be terrible, and exactly the ways in which it will be terrible.

    Because I'm so clever.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    03:24 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Innocence bored me so much, I would prescribe it for insomniacs. Even if this is the usual kind of sacrilegious bullshit, it'll probably be a more entertaining movie than the second one ever was.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:14 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do you approach this movie so small-minded?
    Innocence was one of the visually most impressive animated movies of all times, and it's plot was also well thought out. Just seeing the intermission scene with all those ornaments, elephants and temples is enough to see that innocence is a masterpiece.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    06:38 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Small-minded? I watched the damn thing for crying out loud, and yeah it's pretty... and pretty fuckin' boring, too! I went to watch it with a friend of mine, we were both almost on the brink of letting out big yawns.

    One thing doesn't excuse the other, thank you.

    And the same goes to WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:49 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hollywood fails at remakes of anything anime related.. we've seen dragon ball as a total fail, as well as the many others remakes they've attempted.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:23 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ummm Hollywood suck my big harry balls!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:40 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So it will have a lot of action? Maybe it will make up for the terrible second season.

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    Comment by Chen-03
    05:32 02/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please, spare us. Srsly, someone, please prevent them from making this. I tolerate killing, just stop those maniacs!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Staring Megan Fox as Motoko

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Laeta Elizabeth Kalogridis (born August 30, 1965) is a screenwriter. She has written scripts for Alexander (2004), Night Watch (2006 in U.S.), Pathfinder (2007) and Shutter Island (2010). She has also served as an executive producer for the television series Birds of Prey and Bionic Woman."

    I am not optimiistic.

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    Comment by g0dslay3r
    05:43 03/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is their way of saying "this movie is going to suck.dont say we didnt warn you"

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:40 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    *based off the manga*

    Shit. I much preferred Motoko in the anime to the manga version of her =/

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:03 13/02/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In all seriousness, good casting could make or break this. In almost every other situation in which anime was rendered into live action (especially by Hollywood), lousy casting ruined the final film. Put the right actors in the right roles and this thing might actually be worth seeing.

    Of course that would also depend on the actors getting a decent script.






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