DreamWorks is going to take one of the awesomest anime films ever made and turn it into a live action film. It's going to be in 3D, as well, which means this has the potential to blow the socks off of films like...oh, I don't know...Avatar.
Laeta Kalogridis has been hired to adapt the script to the big screen, though Jamie Moss -- who wrote Street Kings -- wrote the original version:
DreamWorks is making the futuristic police thriller as a 3D live-action film. Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul of Seaside Entertainment are attached to produce and originally brought the project to DreamWorks. Created by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell was first published in 1989.
This is going to make anime fans everywhere have a little accident in their pants. Ghost in the Shell is right up there with Akira in terms of being one of the best anime movies of all time.
It will be interesting to see who gets cast in this, and what cues the production takes from Avatar. Will the entire world be CG, will most of it be real, and what impact with 3D have on the story?
Hopefully the widespread implementation of 3D into sci-fi/action films doesn't take away from the stories being told. It's starting to look like filmmakers are focusing more and more on the technology, and less on the basics of filmmaking.
Oh, and did I need to remind you that the new Avatar trailer screens in theaters today? Because it does.
Here's hoping Ghost in the Shell gets the adaptation it deserves.
Source: Polygram Video