October 23, 2009
UPDATE: Ghost In The Shell (2011-2012)
For a while now it looked that Ghost In The Shell was in development limbo. Now it seems there has finally been some movement on the live-action adaption with a new writer. It seems that Jamie Moss' (Street Kings) script wasn't what the studio was looking for. The film is still setup at Dreamworks and there are still plans for the film to be in 3D. Although, Steven Spielberg's name is missing on the new press release. Spielberg originally gathered the rights for Dreamworks.
Producers Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul of Seaside Entertainment are attached to produce the film. Avi Arad's name should be familiar as he's CEO-President at Marvel Studios and CEO of Marvel. As CEO of Marvel, Avi handles the rights to the approximately 4,700 Marvel comic book characters, including heavyweights Spider-Man, the X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, and The Fantastic Four.
"The story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime."
UPDATE: Laeta Kalogridis has been hired to adapt the film. Kalogridis isn't new to the action genre she's already penned screenplays for Pathfinder and Alexander. She recently wrote Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, James Cameron's Battle Angel and The Dive. It sounds to me like an excellent move by Dreamworks. She also submitted a potential script to Warner Bros. for Wonder Woman before Joss Whedon was hired to write.
Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire) is my favorite to play the Major.
Ron Perlman (Hellboy) as Batou
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