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New Writer For Ghost In The Shell
It's Shutter Island's Laeta Kalogridis

27 October 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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In a brief flurry of publicity last year, Dreamworks picked up the rights to Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell. Steven Spielberg gushed about its wonderfulness (he's right) and Jamie Moss (Street Kings) was put to work on the screenplay. 

The rest was silence, but now it emerges that a new draft is being prepared by Laeta Kalogridis, hot from adapting Dennis Lehane's novel Shutter Island for Martin Scorsese. Avi and Ari Arad are still attached as producers on what's destined to be a live-action 3D (natch) action epic.

No director or explicit story details yet, but we'd guess that, like the 1995 anime, the new Ghost in the Shell will home in on the mindbending Puppetmaster plot thread, about, more or less, a government-created super-AI gone rogue.

Mad action, cyborg-enhanced cops and spider-like mecha-tanks (and lots and lots of boobs) ought to make for massive, jawdropping spectacle. But so much of Ghost in the Shell has already been plundered by The Matrix (among others), we wonder whether, entirely unfairly, it'll already seem derivative if and when it reaches the screen. Your thoughts?


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RE: New Writer For Ghost In The Shell
I think a problem Innocence had was with Batou, he is a hard charcter to make sympathetic. It's great how they fixed that by putting a cute dog though. More

Posted by Deviation at 17:10 on 01 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: New Writer For Ghost In The Shell
ound the third film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_in_the_Shell:_S.A.C._Solid_ State_Societyote] Well that is going on my to watch list. of those, they were very very goodamn straight, I'd rather they'd use the TV series as basis for new film. I'd recommend the TV series to anyone. It is easy to get into, has likable characters , good action set pieces and thoughtful subject matter. More

Posted by Mr Terrific at 15:10 on 01 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: New Writer For Ghost In The Shell
I know of those, they were very very good.p; And I found the third film.   en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_in_the_Shell:_S.A.C._Solid_ State_Societyp; Didn't cost much (compared to Innocence which cost 20 million, and this 3.6 million) and am amazed on how virtually unknown it is. More

Posted by Deviation at 19:10 on 31 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: New Writer For Ghost In The Shell
there a third film in the anime series? ot that I am aware of. But there is a two season tv series. link] More

Posted by Mr Terrific at 10:54 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: New Writer For Ghost In The Shell
L: Mr Terrific we have something like The Matrix already? What difference could it possibly make? It will feel like a Matrix-lite. host in The Shell is a little more complex than The Matrix, The Matrix only covers some aspects of the subjects covered in Ghost in the Shell. Plus its a good story. Is it worthy of a movie adaption? Maybe not. I feel the anime does the story justice. sp; I agree, though I dislike some of GiTS delivery of its themes, talk and talk about philosophy a More

Posted by Deviation at 21:31 on 28 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: New Writer For Ghost In The Shell
we have something like The Matrix already? What difference could it possibly make? It will feel like a Matrix-lite. host in The Shell is a little more complex than The Matrix, The Matrix only covers some aspects of the subjects covered in Ghost in the Shell. Plus its a good story. Is it worthy of a movie adaption? Maybe not. I feel the anime does the story justice. More

Posted by Mr Terrific at 19:36 on 28 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: New Writer For Ghost In The Shell
L: Kazuya If done right this could be severely exciting cinema, obviously the animated flick is superb in every way, and more than probably won't be bested. But I'm still interested. sp; But honestly, what is the point? Didn't we have something like The Matrix already? What difference could it possibly make? It will feel like a Matrix-lite.   And GiTS in 3D? *pukes hardly* When will this 3D nonsense stop? More

Posted by Deviation at 22:36 on 27 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: New Writer For Ghost In The Shell
obviously, i am a huge fan of GITS.  With technology as it is today, if they go the route of AVATAR this could look amazing.  Getting the HUDs looking right would be something quite unique and the action could be excellent.  No doubt they will have to spell things out a bit though, dumb it down and make it a more linear story but this could be excellent... or it could be extremely naff.  i am certainly interested.  More

Posted by boove at 17:59 on 27 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: I'm game I guess
Yes true..It is better as a movie! :-) More

Posted by stephenxanders at 15:45 on 27 October 2009 | Report This Post

I'm game I guess
As a massive fan of the Ghost in The Shell saga both feature length and series I would rather this wasn't made at all... that said wheather success or failure it won't affect my appreciation of the orignal anime same way the so bad it was almost good live action Guyver didn't stop me enjoying the series. So I look on on with curious wonder. I just hope whatever happens we have proven visionary type director at the helm e.g. Spielberg, Scott or (I think his tone would actually suit) Mann. More

Posted by bronco3114 at 14:59 on 27 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: New Writer For Ghost In The Shell
If done right this could be severely exciting cinema, obviously the animated flick is superb in every way, and more than probably won't be bested. But I'm still interested. More

Posted by Kazuya at 14:06 on 27 October 2009 | Report This Post

Great News!
I actually preferred this to Akira - This calls for a viewing of both the first part and "Innocence". Can't wait! More

Posted by IKEOBI at 12:40 on 27 October 2009 | Report This Post

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L: Hunt_Edd Glad they're making a sequel to the feature film... Ghost in Shell should only be make into films, not TV series. This film has a lot of potential especially being in 3D. Can't wait to see the result... s has been said: Sequel? Huh? Anyway, there already is a sequel. And the Stand Alone Complex series is a fantastic, if slightly different, take on the GitS universe. I don't see why they need to go through so many writers. Surely the original script is more or less p More

Posted by SpaceLion at 12:05 on 27 October 2009 | Report This Post

Interesting
If this is done right, then its will put even the best sci-fi films of the past few years in the shade, and dare I say it might even give Avatar a run for it's money. Thinking about it thought maybe James Cmaeron should of done an adaptation of this instead of doing of Avatar it's no secerect that he's a fan of this film. The man has tatse. More

Posted by benj 01 at 09:17 on 27 October 2009 | Report This Post

Hunt_Edd.. huh? What sequel? . Anyway, looking forward to this, can never have enough big budget fantasy/sci-fi that isn't about comic book superheroes. More

Posted by keir at 08:51 on 27 October 2009 | Report This Post

Glad they're making a sequel to the feature film... Ghost in Shell should only be make into films, not TV series. This film has a lot of potential especially being in 3D. Can't wait to see the result... More

Posted by Hunt_Edd at 08:37 on 27 October 2009 | Report This Post

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